EU vote puts Canadian tar sands label back on the agenda

(Reuters) – Europe moved a step back towards a plan to stigmatize Canada’s tar sands as highly polluting on Wednesday, despite years of Ottawa’s lobbying the EU bloc as part of its export drive.

ceta_tarsands_action_2011European Parliament lawmakers put the plans back on the agenda by voting against the EU executive’s proposal to abandon the scheme.

The veto vote was passed at committee level, meaning it still has to get through a full session of the European Parliament in the coming weeks in order to force the European Commission to come up with a new proposal. Getting plenary agreement would be much harder than clearing a committee.

In October, the executive Commission published a new plan for reporting the greenhouse gas intensity of transport fuels, which removed a requirement to have separate values for different types of oil.

That meant tar sands, also known as oil sands, would no longer have to be differentiated from conventional crude, with lower overall greenhouse gas emissions, and that it would make it much easier for the unconventional oil to reach the European market…

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  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    And we know who’s funding all this, don’t we?

    • Alain

      Yes, the same radical leftist Yanks who bankroll every so-called grassroot protest in Canada against the oil sands.

      • Clausewitz

        Don’t forget the Saudis. Remember the oil from the Oil sands could replace all oil coming from Saudi Arabia tomorrow if Obama wasn’t suck an American hating, Sheik bowing, brain dead little communist.

        • Alain

          Yes, they could very well be involved also along with possibly Russia, but the core of the lies about the oil sands originates with the radical leftist Yanks. If others are also involved they are cashing in on the lies and propaganda already in place.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Screw the EU. Sell it to China, where it would actually be an improvement over the coal they burn.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      “Sell it to China”
      Sounds good, except to do that we need to twin the Trans-Mountain Pipeline and St David Suzuki, Chief Welfare Bear and a bunch of unemployed rabble are getting in the way of *that*. :rolleyes

  • simus1

    There are also massive oil sands deposits in Venezuela which will probably be brought on stream eventually with Chinese backing. It will be amusing to see how the Euro climate scamming frauds twist and turn to give that a pass while continuing their never ceasing efforts to screw us.