Canada's oilsands are an environmental problem, not a public relations one

Thu, 2008-07-10 09:33Kevin Grandia
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Canada's oilsands are an environmental problem, not a public relations one

The companies' record on land reclamation speaks for itself. And only baby steps have been taken to date to develop carbon capture and storage technology. PR campaigns, advertising and websites will not take the oilsands where the petroleum producers hope to go, and where Canadians have a vested interest in seeing them go.”

So writes Vancouver Sun columnist Barbara Yaffe today in her piece, Action, not PR, will help make the oil sands look good.

Blogger Craig Baird on About My Planet writes today that he is starting a boycott against Alberta, his province of birth, over the environmental impacts of the oilsands operations.

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Problems caused by climate change are likely already dangerous and global warming may be irreversible, according to a draft science report by a United Nations committee.

The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) report, leaked earlier this week to a number of major media organizations, said continued greenhouse gas emissions caused primarily by burning oil, coal and natural gas will probably increase the likelihood of  “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”

The New York Times...

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