McCain and Obama Stand United on Canada's Oil Sands

Barack Obama made headlines across Canada last week over his proposed national “low carbon fuel standard.” Such a proposal, if implemented, would be a serious hit to Canada's oil sands operations, which emit about 3 times the amount of greenhouse gas to produce when compared to the production of a conventional barrel of oil.

Not nearly as prominent in the Canadian press was an article in the Washington Times the week before reporting that presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain's shares a similar view as Obama on a “low carbon fuel standard.”

CCS: An Idea Whose Time Is Way Behind Schedule!

Carbon capture and storage (CSS) is fast becoming the oil industry's favorite solution to the climate crisis, but the seductive simplicity of the idea masks a series of doubts about its viability.

Dirty Oil Sands Ad Greets Alberta Premier in Wyoming

When Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach flew into Wyoming for the Western Governor's Association meeting this week he undoubtedly saw the full page ad in the Casper Star-Tribune decrying his province's massive oil sands operations.

Organized by Environmental Defence, and its partners ForestEthics and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the idea behind the ad was to reach out to U.S. Governors to expose the truth about Canada's dirty tar sands.

A full copy of the oil sands advertisement can be downloaded from the Environmental Defence website.

Fronting the Fronters: Turnabout Is Fair Play!

The environmental group Greenpeace posed as a pro-coal organization to become a sponsor of the 2008 McCloskey Coal USA conference and deliver an anti-coal message at the gathering, officials said on Friday.

When The McCloskey Group figured out that the Institute for Energy Solutions was really Greenpeace, they decided to let the group retain its booth make brief remarks. Greenpeace spokesman Carroll Muffett blasted coal as a polluting fuel and accused coal executives of failing to protect the public. “It's a lot of value for the money,” said Muffett of the $8,500 co-sponsorship fee that allowed the Greenpeace front group be an official sponsor.

Ice Loss Makes Permafrost Not So Perma!

As Arctic sea ice vanishes, permafrost could warm much more quickly than previously thought, according to new research. Melting permafrost could then release its vast stores of carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating global warming. The study is the first to link the loss of sea ice to warmer temperatures hundreds of miles inland.  

If sea ice continues to disappear, “we may see a period of accelerated change,” said David Lawrence, an author of the study.

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