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Canadian Government Accused of Excessive Tar Sands Lobbying
August 4, 2011
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Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) has released a report claiming representatives of Canada's government are "engaging in an unprecedented lobby effort to open up the European market to oil from its devastating tar sands."

According to FoEE's investigation, 110 meetings have taken place between Canadian and British government "representatives" and oil executives in the past two years. Apparently, Canadian officials have tried to downplay how much of a carbon footprint the tar sands create. Friends of the Earth says Ottawa is concerned that new fuel legislation in Europe could hurt exports from the tar sands, so it's deliberately marketing the sands as environmentally friendly.

Although Europe doesn't consume a lot of oil from the tar sands, FoEE says Canada is concerned that changes in Europe's approach may cause the U.S. to take a tougher line on tar sands oil. The Canadian government refused to comment on the report.

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