Keep Tar Sands Out of Europe

European tar sands imports set for steep rise, US study says

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A new study by the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today (23 January) warns that imports of tar sands into Europe are likely to skyrocket if the block does not take measures.   European tar sands imports set for steep rise, US study says A new study by the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today (23 January) warns that imports of tar sands into Europe are likely to skyrocket if the block does not take measures. Tar sands imports to Europe are set to rise dramatically, to over…read more

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Nobel laureates advocate for tar sands label in FQD

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As Alberta ministers tour Europe, a First Nations leader greets UK politicians and the EU Commission still sits on the FQD proposal, a welcome addition to the ongoing FQD skirmish is yesterday’s letter from 21 Nobel Laureates, urging the EU Commission to label tar sands as highly polluting in the FQD. Nobel laureates press EU leaders on tar sands law By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS | Wed Oct 2, 2013 7:03pm EDT (Reuters) – Twenty-one Nobel laureates including South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu have written to European Union leaders urging…read more

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Tar sands likened to clubbing baby seals?

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The pro-industry paper, The Calgary Herald, commentates on the latest Alberta lobbyists’ trip to Europe, presenting their task as a pretty difficult one. “Considering the oilsands’ reputation as the source of ‘dirty oil’, McQueen and Dallas might as well be going to Europe to defend the clubbing of baby seals…” “They might want to consider packing mountaineering equipment, considering how their trip is going to be something of an uphill climb.” Let’s hope the Calgary Herald is right in thinking Europe will stand strong against the tar sands! Thomson: Climate…read more

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US lobbyist joins the party

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The majority of interference in the FQD that we’ve known about to date has been from Canadian and Alberta government officials, oil companies like BP and Shell, and oil industry lobby groups. Now it’s apparent that the US has been getting involved as well, to protect their future market for the Keystone XL pipeline. If you agree that it’s completely inappropriate for a US trade lobbyist to interfere in EU climate legislation, send him an email via Price of Oil.   Michael Froman, Top U.S. Trade Official, Lobbies For Tar…read more

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More lobbyists ‘despatched’

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Canada has been sending lobbyists in their droves for some time to weaken, delay and invalidate any reference to tar sands in the Fuel Quality Directive. This last-minute, $85,700 mission will see two senior Alberta politicians visiting France, Austria, Croatia, Greece, Sweden, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania and Latvia. Two senior Alberta politicians Euro-bound to head off anti-oilsands resolution By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press, 25/9/2013 EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Alison Redford is dispatching two senior ministers across the Atlantic on a barnstorming blitz to head off a proposed European Union…read more

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