Keep Tar Sands Out of Europe

Canada tar sands set to benefit from EU 2030 climate plan

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Canada tar sands set to benefit from EU 2030 climate plan   EU proposal to drop curbs on imported fuels could boost CO2 emissions from transport by 32 megatonnes Alberta’s oil sands at dusk (Pic: Kris Krug) By John McGarrity Oil from Canada’s carbon-intensive tar sands – one of the world’s single biggest sources of greenhouse gas pollution – could be used in the petrol tanks of European motorists from 2020 after the European Commission proposed to scrap curbs on imports of highly emissions-intensive fuels. The EC’s executive arm said…read more

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Flood of tar sands imports equivalent to adding 6 million cars to Europe’s roads – study

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New figures released today by the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) show that if Europe does not act, its imports of tar sands, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, would likely skyrocket from about 4,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2012 to over 700,000 bpd in 2020. The resulting emissions increase in transport would be the equivalent of adding six million cars to Europe’s roads. The 2020 scenario will occur if the EU clean fuel standard, set out in the Fuel Quality Directive, is not comprehensively implemented. Colin Roche…read more

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The ‘Felt Impacts of the Tar Sands’ artwork unveiled at the Canada Europe Energy Summit

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Giant artwork depicting the Canadian tar sands and the devastation being caused to ecosystems, species and First Nations communities launched by street felt-artist Lucy Sparrow outside Canada House in Trafalgar Square Street felt-artist Lucy Sparrow today unrolled an ambitious artwork at the annual Canada Europe Energy Summit outside Canada House in Trafalgar Square, as Canadian minister Joe Oliver met with the UK government, the CEO of BP, Bob Dudley, and other major players in the tar sands industry to discuss undermining EU climate legislation, the Fuel Quality Directive, to open…read more

Letter to Susan Kramer on the Fuel Quality Directive

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On Tuesday, nine organisations who are part of the Keep tar sands out of Europe coalition sent the following letter to the new Minister of State for Transport, Susan Kramer. It urges her to act now to keep tar sands oil out of Europe by supporting the implementation of the Fuel Quality Directive, which would label tar sands and other unconventional fuels as more polluting than conventional oil and discourage their use in Europe. The full text of the letter, and signatories, is below. You can help put pressure on…read more

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Some advice for the new minister for tar sands

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Last week, there was a government reshuffle, and the minister responsible for the UK’s position on the EU Fuel Quality Directive changed. Gone was Norman Baker, with whom we had had two frustratingly unproductive meetings in recent weeks. Now the task lies with the Lib Dems’ new Minister of State for Transport, Baroness Kramer. The change in personnel comes at a make-or-break-moment. Either the FQD will soon be implemented, sending a hugely important message that there is no place for dirty tar sands oil in Europe’s fuel mix, or the…read more

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First Nations leader in London to fight Canada’s lobbying onslaught

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On Thursday, George Poitras arrived from Paris to begin his short stay in London. George has travelled to Europe to push for the labelling of tar sands as a dirty fuel in the Fuel Quality Directive – at the same time as Alberta Ministers are touring Europe advocating the opposite. George is a former chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and lives in Fort Chipewyan, northern Alberta, downstream from where tar sands companies have been operating for more than forty years. First stop for George was a meeting we…read more

Battle over tar sands dirty fuel label intensifies

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First Nations leader in Europe to counter Canadian government’s pro-tar sands lobbying First Nations leader George Poitras will arrive in the UK tomorrow to testify to policymakers and MPs about the impacts of the Canadian tar sands industry on Indigenous Peoples in Alberta, and to encourage the UK to support the labelling of tar sands fuel as highly polluting in the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). Poitras, former Chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, will speak in a UK Parliamentary event tomorrow, hosted by Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon…read more

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Website now live!

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Today sees the launch of a renewed effort from a coalition of organisations to keep tar sands out of Europe. As the Fuel Quality Directive nears its final stages, the importance of standing strong against the highly polluting tar sands industry is paramount. We will not let Canadian lobbyists and oil industry apologists weaken our climate policies. Just this morning it was announced that Canada is ‘dispatching’ two more lobbyists to try and weaken the Fuel Quality Directive and remove the crucial default value for tar sands, which could have…read more

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