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In The News 14.01.2009

Posted by poligraf in News, tar sands.
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Here’s a quick round-up of some recent oil sands related news stories :

  • Before Canada, A Must-Read Book on Tar Sands for Obama :

    The result is an environmental disaster area destroying Canada’s largest river basin. The tar sands are also the prime reason why Canada is projected to increase global warming emissions 24% by 2020. That puts Prime Minister Harper on a collision course with President Obama who on November 18th — two weeks after his election, declared:

    Stopping climate change won’t be easy. It won’t happen overnight. But I promise you this: When I am President, any governor who’s willing to promote clean energy will have a partner in the White House. Any company that’s willing to invest in clean energy will have an ally in Washington. And any nation that’s willing to join the cause of combating climate change will have an ally in the United States of America.

  • The age of oil is ending :

    Our recent consumption rates are the most voracious in history. By the end of 2007, the world had consumed about 1.1 trillion barrels of oil. Half of this was consumed over the last 25 years alone. So far, we have consumed about 50 per cent of the total recoverable oil, according to the World Energy Council.

    Simmons’s pessimistic view is shared by oil companies like BP and Shell plus a number of international studies including the World Energy Council’s 2007 Survey of Energy Resources.

  • “And Then Let’s Go For That Justice” – Indigenous women demand respect in Ottawa :

    For example, in Alberta, indigenous people living on reserves close to tar sands plants, residing downstream from tailings ponds, or dwelling on land slated to accommodate government pipelines have a hard battle to fight: against health problems of all kinds – including soaring rates of cancer which are picking off their friends and family members at an alarming pace – and against a government that is constantly attempting to push them farther off of their land for the purpose of extraction and exploration.

  • Watch Out Tar Sands, LCFS Spreading in US :

    11-American states have just signed on to develop a Low Carbon Fuel Standard for the American northeast and mid-Atlantic region.


    LCFS programmes pose a serious threat to “dirty oil” production such as the Athabasca tar sands as they focus on life cycle emissions which tend to include the massive greenhouse gas emissions produced in the process to refine bitumen into artificial oil.

  • Are Canada’s Tar Sands in Peril? :

    Stephen Harper could be in for rude awakening. For years, he has been dealing with likeminded climate change deniers in the Bush Administration who were only too happy to buy as much oil from the filthy Alberta tar sands as they could get their hands on.

    The times they are a changing.

    In the last week, key appointments in Obama’s cabinet have all made a point of detailing the perils of climate change.

  • The Costly Compromises of Oil From Sand :

    The oil that is extracted from Canadian dirt is being portrayed as saving America from energy dependence on the unstable Middle East, or an environmental catastrophe in the making – depending on the perspective.


    Not all oil is alike when it comes to environmental impact, and many environmentalists single out production from the oil sands as the epitome of “dirty oil.” In a recent study, the RAND Corporation estimated that oil from the oil sands generates about 10 to 30 percent more greenhouse gases than conventional crude.

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