9 September 2010 (Toronto) — Greenpeace today released a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s energy potential that challenges the need for dirty oil from the tar sands and shows that Canada can create tens of thousands of green jobs, while providing over 90 per cent of the country’s electricity and heating needs from renewable sources by 2050.
“Greenpeace worked with energy experts to show how Canada can break its addiction to dirty tar sands oil, coal and gas and save consumers $5.3 billion a year by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency,” said Keith Stewart, Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner. “We challenge the oil industry and governments to lay out their plan for protecting Canadians from climate change and rising costs for fossil fuels. It’s past time for this debate.”... Read more »
The Energy [R]evolution shows us how going beyond oil is possible. Today we took our message to world leaders at the World Energy Congress in Montreal. (Picture)
Syncrude Canada chairman Marcel Coutu stood before a business-friendly Vancouver lunch crowd and fired a salvo in defence of the Alberta tarsands giant's environmental record.
"A lot of you may not have heard about us until the last five years." Coutu told a Vancouver Board of Trade meeting Thursday. "There's been a lot said in the press, a lot of it not very flattering, and that's the reason why we've had to take up the communication task of countering some of those exaggerations."
Coutu, who also is president and CEO of Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., took pains to point to the environmental improvements tarsands companies have made over recent years.... Read more »
This PDF document provides quotes which show misinformation and blatant government deceit around tar sands issues, such as the following quote:
“My scientists are telling me that the amount of compounds that can be detected in the Athabasca River at this point in time are not a concern and are of insignificant levels...The fact remains that there are naturally occurring substances in the water. And if we had never set foot in the region those kinds of results would still be there.”
– Rob Renner
Download the PDF here to read the misinformationa and the truth side by side.
Thanks to Greenpeace and all the quote providers for putting this together.
With Alberta Environment taking well over two years to charge Suncor for the storm water runoff incident, it reveals a half-hearted approach and bias by the Albertan government to conceal how the interests of tar sands corporations trump the need for action in the public interest.
The Albertan government needs to show accountability and transparency to the public in their actions by supporting independent monitoring of tar sands operations and tailing ponds, and rescind the policy that allows companies to police themselves.... Read more »