New Canadian Ambassador to US, Gary Doer, on Alberta Oil Sands
After a decade as the Premier of the Province of Manitoba, Gary Doer will assume his duties as the Canadian Ambassador to the United States today. Mr. Doer brings a lot of credentials to this job, as he has been involved in many crossborder negotiations with border state governors.
One of the main issues, no doubt, will be to convince American Lawmakers and business community that the "Buy America" clause also hurts American businesses because of the integrated nature of the North American market.
An issue of great importance to North America, Canada and Alberta specifically, are the Alberta Oil Sands. These have been recently labeled as Dirty Oil by Environmentalists and heavyweights like Barrack Obama and Al Gore.
Gary Doer will try to convince the American administration that the Oil Sands have received a disproportionate amount of criticism in the climate change debate. Doer says that North America risks missing the big picture on global warming if singled out as the chief carbon emission culprit.
Doer contends that the Oil Sands represents a very small amount of overall carbon emissions. He thinks that we miss the point if we don.t look at all sources of carbon emission.
The claims against the Oil Sands by Al Gore and the new Administration in Washington, coupled with smear campaigns by Greenpeace, including recent interference at Fort MacMurray this month has prompted Syncrude to launch a public relations tour across Canada.
The tour named Oilsands now, An Open Discussion about the Oilsands, the Environment and You, is scheduled across Canada to permit public input and answer questions as to what is being done to protect the Environment.
The site links to a u-tube video , which I found quite interesting, depicting how oils sands mining is conducted from the birth of a bitumen mine to reclaiming the environment, a process that takes 30 to 40 years.
WASHINGTON - Canada's new ambassador to the United States said Alberta's oil sands are facing a "disproportionate amount" of criticism in the climate-change debate -- arguing North America risks missing "the big picture" on global warming if Canadian oil is singled out as the chief carbon emissions culprit.
"One of the concerns that I have is that it represents so little of the emissions in North America. It's getting a disproportionate amount of chatter," Gary Doer said in an interview Sunday with Canwest News Service.
"The question is: How much does the oil sands represent as a percentage of emissions in North America? It's a very small amount. If we don't deal with all sources of emissions, we are not going to have a solution that's comprehensive."