Environmental groups in Canada and the United States are running this advertisement in a Washington newspaper to send a message to U.S. President Barack Obama that Alberta's oilsands should not be part of America's new energy plan.
Green groups begin campaign to tell Obama about Alberta's 'dirtiest oil'
A coalition of Canadian and U.S. environmental groups has launched a cross-border campaign ahead of Barack Obama's visit to Canada, urging the U.S. president to stick to his new energy plan amid possible pleas for him to support oil production from the Alberta oilsands.Quote has been trimmed
Toronto-based Environmental Defence, Washington-based Earthworks and 14 other groups have produced a newspaper advertising campaign that will start running Tuesday. They are also launching Obama2Canada.org and urging supporters to sign petitions to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Obama, who will visit Ottawa on Feb. 19.
One ad — aimed at lawmakers and running in Roll Call, a prominent Capitol Hill newspaper in Washington — says: "On February 19 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will try to sell President Obama on a North American climate pact that gives special treatment to the tarsands in Alberta, the source of the dirtiest oil on earth. Tarsands don't fit into the new energy economy."
Matt Price, project manager at Environmental Defence, told CBC News the campaign is a reaction against the tarsands sales pitch. "We'd like a pursuit of a green jobs agenda in North America," he said.
This could be a dent in Alberta's profits, although I doubt Obama would stop getting oil from Canada, as his main goal was to stop getting oil from over seas..... kinda hard to do that without oil from us.