23 Feb '12, 7pm

Is Tar Sands Oil Dirtier Than Regular Crude? EU Says 'No'

Jungbim via Wikimedia Commons /CC BY 2.0 Does this look dirty to you? Seems pretty filthy to me ... The European Union is pursuing an effort to label tar sands oil exported from Canada as particularly dirty, in an initiative called the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). Labeling tar sands crude as exceptionally polluting under the FQD would allow the EU to levy higher taxes on the crude, essentially penalizing its greater toll on society. The move, on every count, appears justified: tar sands oil is more carbon intensive than regular kinds of oil. It's more difficult to extract, and more energy is expended refining the stuff than conventional crude. And the tar sands operation in general has been labeled "the most destructive project on earth" due to the pollution, deforestation, and contamination it causes. But the effort failed to pass a vote today, Reuters reports , after so...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/fossil-fuels/tar-sands-oil-dirt...

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