Canadian government accused of ‘unprecedented’ tar sands lobbying

Mining trucks carry loads of oil-laden sand in Canada.

Mining trucks carry loads of oil-laden sand in Canada. Photograph: Jeff Mcintosh/AP

Friends of the Earth Europe claims ministers have attempted to undermine European fuel legislation that would affect exports

The Canadian government has been accused of an “unprecedented” lobbying effort involving 110 meetings in less than two years in Britain and Europe in a bid to derail new fuel legislation that could hit exports from its tar sands.

The allegation comes from Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), which claims Ottawa ministers have attempted to mislead European decision-makers by underplaying the carbon-heavy nature of their crude in assessing new petrol standards. …

Darek Urbaniak, extractives campaign coordinator at Friends of the Earth Europe, said: “It is unprecedented that a government of one of the most developed countries can devise and implement a strategy that involves undermining independent science and deliberate misleading of its international partners.”

“The Canadians are asking for further research and further delays. This tactic is reminiscent of the tobacco industry in its attempt to delay action on health,” said the FoEE report.

More from the UK Guardian 2011-08-04 (Click here)

Have a look at the doubt-mongering which has been in use concerning climate change, driven by extreme right-wing ideology, fundamentalist and radical religion, and vested business interests, well documented by science historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway in their book “Merchants of Doubt

I summarize this in an essay at outlining past lobbying disinformation campaigns concerning cancer-causing tobacco smoking, lake-destroying acid rain from industrial smokestack sulphur emissions, ozone depletion from CFCs and now dangerous human-caused climate change due primarily by the burning of fossil fuels and land use change.

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