Leaked cable reveals concerns over tar sands oil

From The Michigan Messenger: http://michiganmessenger.com/44463/leaked-cable-reveals-concerns-over-tar-sands-oil

12.08.10 | 7:55 am

One of the documents released by WikiLeaks, a diplomatic document sent to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton in advance of a presidential visit to Ottawa, Canada, reveals concerns about the higher environmental cost of Canadian tar sands oil compared to regular crude oil.

The cable, sent by the Charge D’Affaires of the Canadian Mission, highlights Canadian concerns that the president’s environmental promises could influence America’s importation of tar sands oil from that country:

Canadians wish that more Americans would recognize that Canada is the largest source of imported energy for the U.S. (including for both oil and natural gas), although there is also keen sensitivity over the higher environmental footprint of oil from western Canada’s oil sands and concern about the implications for Canada of your energetic calls to develop renewable energies and reduce our reliance on imported oil.

Canada provides the largest portion of the oil imported by the U.S. by a wide margin but much of that oil comes from the Alberta tar sands. Tar sands oil is much higher in heavy metals than regular crude oil and it requires enormous amounts of water and energy to extract the oil from the shale deposits it is locked in.

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One Response to “Leaked cable reveals concerns over tar sands oil”

  1. Willow Arune Says:

    The tar sands are ugly, ugly, ugly. Massive as well.

    To me, this is rather like the drug trade. Who do you blame? The people who grow or dig up the stuff or those who consume it. One would not exist without the other.

    Just reading a book on the Teapot Dome Scandal under Harding. in 1920, the fellow in charge of oil licences in the US warned that the country had to be weaned off oil as it was a finite resource.

    Not to say the US is alone as a consumer, but it by far and away our biggest. Of recent, there has been more public attention paid to the First Nations people who live along the Athabasca, but that is only a start.

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