Oil sands are giving Canada a bad rep, Prentice says

Big oil companies need to do their part to help reduce overall emissions


Environment Minister Jim Prentice put companies operating in Alberta’s oil sands on notice Monday during a speech delivered in his home riding in Calgary. Prentice said it’s no secret that rapid oils sands development—and the emissions associated with it—are contributing to Canada’s image as an environmental villain on the world stage, and that oil companies will need to do their part to help Canada reach its revised emissions targets as part of the Copenhagen climate change accord. But those new targets, released over the weekend, are actually lower than the government’s previous targets at 17 per cent below 2005 levels compared to 20 per cent below 2006 levels. And Prentice stressed that Canada intends to mirror any U.S. climate change program and won’t take any specific actions until Washington develops its own policy, a process that could take years.

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Oil sands are giving Canada a bad rep, Prentice says

  1. Props for creating a clever excuse to do nothing. Let’s all wait until Washington finally decides on a policy, and have these clowns declare that it is impossible to harmonize our policies after all.

    • If you were up to date on the subject then you would know that doing nothing is the best move. We went one step futher than we should have. Carbon, Carbon Dioxide will be proven not to be the issue, then we can start work on more pressing issues.

  2. Yes, we're definitely getting a bad name from this. Now in many parts of the world, when people hear the word "Canada" the tar sands is the first thing they think of. Compare that to what people thought of us a decade ago, everyone loved Canada!


    The worst part is we already produce enough oil to meet our domestic needs, the tar sands are being developed primarily for export. They are just too environmentally damaging to justify. Shutting them down would not only allow us to achieve much better targets for emissions reduction, they would allow us to take our place as a world leader once again.

  3. Canada is not only getting a bad rap for oilsands but for turning a blind eye to what Harper's BFF's in Israeli/Jewish community are doing in Gaza and West Bank concentration camps. Harper is turning Canada into the pariah that he himself has always been among civilized people.

  4. If the oil sands were in America, they wouldn't tolerate such a disgrace (since it is too large to hide).

  5. Canade should stop the endless " Mea Culpa " in regard to air pollution. Sure, we should minimize air pollution, but there are other, mostly ignored factors ,that play a role. The smelting of ore into metals frees enormous amounts of sulfur dioxide which is released into the air, creating pollution and giving Canada a bad name. Sure, there are ways of capturing the sulfur, but they are so costly as to make the metal non competitive on the world market, -unless third-world producers of metals follow suit. The chances of this happening are practically zero. Aside from that, the countries importing Canadian metals only create some CO2 pollution when reheating the metal for alloying or casting. But they have no qualms about calling us the big polluters. A fair solution would be to settle each country that imports metals with the proportional amount of the pollution created in the smelting process. And the same goes for oil production.But here is the additional factor that the Tar Sands production helps to modify the negative effect of the OPEC cartell. Let's do our best to reduce pollution, but not cut our nose off despite our face !

  6. Typical of Canada’s so called Environment Minister that Mr. Prentice missed other destructive aspects of tar sands development. The destruction of the boreal forest is staggering, the over use of fresh water is serious, the contamination of that fresh water is on going and the toxic tailings ponds are an environmental catastrophe just waiting to happen. It is rising greenhouse gas emissions plus the other environmental travesties that are getting Canada the image it deserves as an environmental villain on the world stage.

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