07 Sep '11, 3pm

Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey on 'Ethical Oil' Ads

Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey on 'Ethical Oil' Ads

The choice about whether or not to buy bitumen from the tar sands has no real effect on Saudi Arabia's oil revenues. We live in a world that is hungrier and hungrier for the stuff. The United States and Canada combined hold less than 5 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves . Increasing output from the tar sands won't substantially decrease our reliance on foreign oil, and it won't reduce the world's demand for Saudi Arabia's crude. Kate Sheppard aptly notes in Mother Jones that even with increased tar sands output, Saudi Arabia will continue to have the largest oil reserves in the world and be the world's largest exporter. Expanding the tar sands just makes it easier for us to keep delaying the transition to clean energy.

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/open-letter-oprah-winfrey-ethic...

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