17 Sep '11, 7am

Getting slicked by big oil.

Or should we say getting tarred by big oil? This tarry goop (aka heavy crude oil) packs a polar ice cap melting wallop, with carbon pollution from extracting and upgrading that can cause 3 to 5 times as much carbon pollution as conventional crude oil . On a full lifecycle basis, gasoline produced from these heavier and dirtier crude oils could emit on average 20 percent greater emissions. This week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the latest version of the proposed cap-and-trade regulation that includes a provision for the next two years that could open the door to refineries using much heavier and dirtier crude oils. Image source: http://geoestratos.com.mx/englishgeo/geoenglish1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=106&Itemid=99 The new proposal focuses on the process instead of the final product (i.e., gasoline, diesel), thereby potentially fav...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dbailey/getting_slicked...

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