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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Climate deniers have been left red-faced as the world basks in some of the hottest temperatures in living memory, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting 2014 could break all records.

Lord Lawson, who resigned as chancellor in the 1980s after overheating the British economy, has led the siren chorus, claiming that a recent plateau in global earth surface temperatures is proof that the threat of global warming has been wildly exaggerated. 

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