Federal government admits deliberately leaving numbers on Oilsands UN Report


mentalfloss
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Oilsands emissions data left out of UN report

Federal government admits deliberately leaving numbers out that indicate pollution from oilsands production outstrips auto emissions

The federal government has acknowledged that it deliberately excluded data indicating a 20 per cent increase in pollution from Canada's oilsands industry in 2009 from a recent 567-page report on climate change that it was required to submit to the United Nations.

The numbers, uncovered by Postmedia News, were left out of the report, a national inventory on Canada's greenhouse gas pollution. Overall, the report revealed a six per cent drop in annual emissions for the entire economy from 2008 to 2009, but does not directly show the extent of pollution from the oilsands production, which is now greater than the greenhouse gas emissions of all the cars driven on Canadian roads.

The data also indicated that emissions per barrel of oil produced by the sector is increasing, despite claims made by the industry in an advertising campaign.

"The oilsands remain Canada's fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas pollution, and they're the subject of a huge amount of attention and scrutiny in Canada and internationally," said Clare Demerse, director of climate change at the Pembina Institute, an Albertabased environmental research group. "So it's very disappointing to see Environment Canada publish a 500-page report that leaves out these critical numbers -especially when last year's edition included them."

Overall, Environment Canada said that the oilsands industry was responsible for about 6.5 per cent of Canada's annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2009, up from five per cent in 2008. This also indicates a growth in emissions that is close to about 300 per cent since 1990, which cancel out many reductions in pollution from other economic sectors.

http://www.vancouversun.com/business...017/story.html
Last edited by mentalfloss; May 30th, 2011 at 08:46 AM..
 
taxslave
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Do tell, what has this got to do with oilsands? No mention in the link.
 
mentalfloss
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Hit Refresh.
 
captain morgan
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Oh well... Such is the price of progress.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

Oh well... Such is the price of progress.

The question is - is it worth it?
 
captain morgan
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Fair question, but that leads us directly to the issue of GHG's for starters and then later onto the economic vs environment debate.

We've been down this road and I believe that you'll agree it's gets pretty bumpy.
 
cranky
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When we hand out blame for oilsand GHGs, who gets the blame for the consumption of the oil? Alberta, or the out of province consumers?
 
Tonington
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Well, by leaving the numbers out of Canada's national inventory, it appears Ottawa is saying it's not anyone in Canada...
 
taxslave
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It would seem to me that the consumer is responsible for the GHG since if there was no demand for the product the oilsands would not even exist.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tonington View Post

Well, by leaving the numbers out of Canada's national inventory, it appears Ottawa is saying it's not anyone in Canada...

Now there's a young go getter.
Come on over son and let's discuss an ad campaign for what I like to call: BIG TOBACCO AND YOU!
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by cranky View Post

When we hand out blame for oilsand GHGs, who gets the blame for the consumption of the oil? Alberta, or the out of province consumers?

Try out of country consumers for the real blame and blame NAFTA for proportionate delivery ratios. Where we HAVE TO SELL TO US before ourselves.