US enviro group is putting up billboards in four U.S. cities urging Americans to exclude Alberta from their travel plans, saying it is “one of the world’s dirtiest destinations”.
Let’s be clear here: I am not a supporter of this use of a big “economic” club to hit govt over the head to get their attention. It will hurt many Albertans who are in the tourist biz where many likely support a moratorium on new tar sands development. Indeed most Albertans have said they want a “time out” in the tar sands. But big oil says no way and are pushing for faster approvals of new projects with “streamlined environmental reviews” of course.
In their Re-Think Alberta Campaign enviro groups say they are trying to counter Alberta and Canadian government propaganda. Canada is lobbying the US to prevent any cleaner-fuel regulations because the tar sands has the world’s highest CO2 levels and is the most destructive form of oil production. Yes worse, than off shore drilling – see here for more
“And they are also down here lobbying for infrastructure, new pipelines, refineries, which would keep us addicted to high-carbon oil for another 50 years.” Corporate Ethics International Executive Director Michael Marx told Reuters.
1.3 million barrels of dirty oil is shipped from tar sands region to the US every day
Corporate Ethics also has a powerful video about the ongoing environmental mess that can easily be seen from space it is so big.
See also International Stop the Tar Sands Day commencing July 17 (more on this later).
You can learn more on enviro impacts of the tar sands in my short ebook:
And from my recent articles:
— Green wishes, Steve