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Dirty Oil Raises its head

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

‘Dirty Oil’ raises its head at an odd time
BY GEORGE ABRAHAM

8 July 2008

With the price at the gas pump at record highs, could there be anything like “Dirty Oil”? Yes, there might well be, going by a resolution passed by an assembly of American mayors in Miami late last month.

While the mayors appear to have been targeting the environmental impact of a mixed bag of fossil fuels, oil originating in the Canadian province of Alberta — analogous to the Abu Dhabi’s dominant share in the UAE’s exports — came in for particular mention.

“The production of tar sands oil from Canada emits approximately three times the carbon dioxide pollution per barrel as does conventional oil production and significantly damages Canada’s Boreal forest ecosystem — the world’s largest carbon storehouse,” said the resolution. As if that was not enough, the Democratic nominee for the American presidential elections, Barack Obama, came out swinging in the same week against what he called “a 19th century fossil fuel that is dirty, dwindling, and dangerously expensive.”

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More Heat for the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 24, 2008

New pressure on oilsands TheStar.com – Business – New pressure on oilsands

JEFF MCINTOSH/CP FILE PHOTO
The processing plant at the Suncor oilsands project in Fort McMurray, Alberta, is seen in this file photo.

June 23, 2008

THE CANADIAN PRESS

U.S. mayors have become the latest group trying to reduce the use of gasoline made with oil from Alberta’s oilsands.

A resolution has passed at their annual conference in Miami that urges cities to forbid the use of such gasoline in municipal vehicles.

The resolution says development of fuel from the oilsands threatens forests and releases three times as much greenhouse gases as conventional oil.

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U.S. Mayors Denouce Tarsands

Posted by mhudema on June 24, 2008

U.S. mayors denounce oilsands
Mike De Souza
Canwest News Service
Syncrude's Mildred Lake plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta, is the largest oilsands crude oil production facility in the world.
CREDIT: Chris Schwarz/Edmonton Journal
Syncrude’s Mildred Lake plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta, is the largest oilsands crude oil production facility in the world.

Mayors from the U.S.’s largest cities singled out Western Canada’s oilsands sector on Monday as they called for a crackdown on fuels that could cause catastrophic global warming.

In a resolution adopted in Miami at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting, municipal leaders called for new national guidelines to track the life-cycle impact of different types of fossil fuels. They also urged their member cities to stop using unconventional sources of energy with a large carbon footprint such as liquid coal or oil shale for their own municipal operations.

“The production of tarsands oil from Canada emits approximately three times the carbon dioxide pollution per barrel as does conventional oil production and significantly damages Canada’s Boreal forest ecosystem – the world’s largest carbon storehouse,” said the resolution.

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US Mayors Say No to Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 23, 2008

U.S. mayors join call for ban on oilsands-based gasoline

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U.S. mayors have passed a resolution urging cities to forbid the use of gasoline produced from Alberta's oilsands.U.S. mayors have passed a resolution urging cities to forbid the use of gasoline produced from Alberta’s oilsands. (CBC)U.S. mayors are adding their voices to those raising concerns about energy produced from Alberta’s vast oilsands.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Miami this week, has approved a resolution calling on its members to ban the use of energy from unconventional sources because of its impact on the environment.

“We don’t want to spend taxpayer dollars on fuels that make global warming worse,” said Eugene, Ore., Mayor Kitty Piercy, who submitted the resolution.

“Tarsands oil emits up to three times the greenhouse gases in the production process per barrel as convention oil production. Our cities are asking for environmentally sustainable energy and not fuels from dirty sources such as tarsands.”

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