Keep Tar Sands Out of Europe

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

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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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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