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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