21 Feb '12, 3pm

To effectively pressure EU to label #tarsands oil 'highly polluting' @EcoInternet needs much more alert participation

Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action Dear Ms. Hedegaard, We are pleased to see the European Commission prepare to vote upon rightly labeling Canada’s tar sand oil as being “highly polluting”. This is entirely appropriate given that burning tar sands in addition to other already established fossil fuels will virtually ensure abrupt climate change. I am writing to demand that you and the EU follow through on your climate commitments, and designate tar sands as highly polluting, in order to begin ending Europe’s fossil fuel dependence, and provide a level playing field for exponentially growing renewable energy, conservation, and efficiency. Tar sands are derived from the clearcut mining of old growth boreal forests. The extraction and refining of tar sands oil requires massive deforestation, tremendous amounts of fresh water, and leaves behind toxic and cancer-c...

Full article: http://www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=ta...

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