Fearing that the tar sands were starting to get a bad rap in Europe, a mission was launched by the Canadian Government, oil companies such as BP and Shell, and oil industry lobby groups, to weaken the FQD and remove any distinction between tar sands oil and conventional oil. This has taken the form of hundreds of letters, meetings, conferences, summits, quiet conversations, ‘retreats’ and even public threats, designed to convince the EU to abandon its dirty tar sands label.
This lobbying is working. While the EU Climate Commissioner has held fast to her conviction that it is scientifically and morally correct for the EU FQD to label tar sands as the highly-polluting fuel that it is, other Commissioners and EU member states – including the UK, have been susceptible to the arguments made by the Canadian government and oil industry. The FQD methodology would already have been agreed several years ago, had it not been hijacked by pro-tar sands lobbying.
More detail: The Lowdown on Dirty Diplomacy