27 Nov '11, 10am

#peakoil The birth of ethical oil: In the days after the U.S. government made it clear expansion plans for the K...

His supporters say he has managed to inject human rights and “agreed-upon western values” into a conversation on oilsands that, up to now, has been dominated by talk of climate change and slogans like “dirty oil.” Detractors say “ethical oil” presents a series of false choices, however, and ignores the measurable environmental impacts of the oilsands. Others, who appreciate the argument, nonetheless say it’s dicey to play up Canada’s human rights record in international negotiations when European and U.S. politicians are concerned about global carbon emissions. Even traditional oilsands champions, like the Alberta government and the industry itself, don’t wear “ethical oil” because, they say, they would rather focus on the work they are doing and will do in environmental stewardship.

Full article: http://peakoil.com/publicpolicy/the-birth-of-ethical-oil/

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