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June 25, 2008

Pt 1: Greening the Oil Sands - At a conference in mid-June 2008, the mayors of some of the biggest cities in the United States passed a resolution urging American cities to discourage the use of fuel derived from "high carbon" sources such as the oil sands.

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Pt 2: Islamic Extremism - In mid-June 2008, all eyes were on Afghanistan. A daring, well-coordinated jailbreak had sprung a thousand prisoners, including 400 Taliban fighters. For a few days, many Afghans feared the Taliban might be marching on Kandahar. Amidst all that, Afghan President Hamid Karzai had his sights set on neighbouring Pakistan, the country he believed was a major cause of the problems he was facing.

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Today's guest host was Margaret Evans.


Satire

It's Wednesday, June 25th

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This is The Current.


Greening the Oil Sands

CEO of Canadian Oil Sands Trust

At a conference in mid-June 2008, the mayors of some of the biggest cities in the United States passed a resolution urging American cities to discourage the use of fuel derived from "high carbon" sources such as the oil sands.

For many of those mayors, oil sands oil was an environmental problem. But the industry believed the oil sands had an image problem, so it launched a public relations campaign to highlight its efforts to "green the oil sands" by using new technologies to mitigate its environmental impact.

Marcel Coutu, President and CEO of Canadian Oil Sands Trust, one of the companies behind the new campaign, joined us from Calgary.


Music

Performer: The Sadies
CD: "Precious Moments"
Cut: CD9 "Clam Chowder"
Label: Bloodshot Records
Spine #: BS 034


Pembina Institute

Most environmentalists think it's going to take more than consultation or a public relations campaign to really green the oil sands. Simon Dyer, Oil Sands Director at the Pembina Institute, joined us from just outside Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.


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Islamic Extremism

In mid-June 2008, all eyes were on Afghanistan. A daring, well-coordinated jailbreak had sprung a thousand prisoners, including 400 Taliban fighters. For a few days, many Afghans feared the Taliban might be marching on Kandahar. Amidst all that, Afghan President Hamid Karzai had his sights set on neighbouring Pakistan, the country he believed was a major cause of the problems he was facing.

President Karzai had reached a breaking point with his neighbour. According to Ahmed Rashid, allowing Taliban militants to cross the border into Afghanistan isn't the worst of the Pakistani government's transgressions when it comes to undermining stability in Afghanistan or the fight against Al Qaeda.

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist who has spent most of his career covering the politics of South and Central Asia. His new book is called Descent Into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. He joined us in Toronto.


Music

Artist: Avanti
Cut: CD1 "Sixty Seconds to What"
CD: "The Ramblin' Ambassadors"
Label: Mint Records
Spine #: MRO-067


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