July 24, 2009

Alberta: tar sands’ carbon footprint not that big

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The Alberta government has issued two reports suggesting that the development of petroleum products from its tar sands doesn’t have the huge carbon footprint everyone has assumed. However, the reports do show that getting power out of the bitumen buried under the prairie produces 10 percent to 45 percent more greenhouse gases than other sources for the United States, a CBC story says. An American environmental activist calls the reports a ruse and predicts her countrymen will see through them.

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