Keep Tar Sands Out of Europe

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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Indigenous leader travels to Europe to counter pro-tar sands lobbying

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Friday 27th September – For immediate release EU climate legislation which would discourage tar sands imports to Europe is in its final stages Two Ministers from Alberta are travelling to Europe to lobby against the Fuel Quality Directive First Nations leader will visit Europe and meet with decision-makers to advocate for the directive and highlight importance of regulating against tar sands Climate scientists say emissions must be cut by 10% per decade to avoid runaway climate change   On Saturday, George Poitras, a former Chief from the Mikisew Cree First…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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Policy update, September 25th

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We are currently waiting for the Commission to release another proposal, due in early October 2013. Since the February 2012 vote, lobbying from the oil industry, the Canadian government, and some EU member states such as the UK, has been focused on putting pressure on the Commission to come up with a weaker proposal that does not distinguish tar sands fuel from conventional fuel. Campaign groups have been working hard to ensure it will still include the label for tar sands as a highly-polluting fuel. If the proposal is delayed…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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