This week our Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, is visiting Chicago and Houston on a sales pitch to US business.
The subject of his pitch? the Keystone XL pipeline that will carry tar sands bitumen across the US border on its way to refineries in Texas. His goal is to put political pressure on President Obama and his administration to approve the Keystone XL project.
First, he minimized the contribution that extraction of bitumen makes to world GHG emissions. He did not mention that the tar sands are and will continue to be one of the world’s top producers of GHG.