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August 04, 2011

Tar Sands Backers Getting Desperate

Canadian Tar Sands While we continue spreading the word that dirty tar sands oil is the wrong choice for America's clean energy future, tar sands backers are becoming more and more desperate in their crusade for backers.

The latest news today came from our friends at Rainforest Action Network, who discovered that an energy front group funded by the American Petroleum Institute has created fake Twitter accounts to show "grassroots" support of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Again, polluters are showing that they have so little support that they have to make it up. Maybe it's because tar sands oil is the most toxic fossil fuel on the planet  - one that leaves in its wake scarred landscapes and a web of pipelines and polluting refineries all while delaying our transition to a clean energy economy.

This fake grassroots support news came on the heels of another new ad campaign for tar sands oil - this time touting it as the "ethical oil." No, we're not making this up (they are). A Canadian ad man has reactivated the EthicalOil.org website, urging people that, if they have to use oil, why not use the tar sands oil from a country that doesn't oppress its people?

Check out some of the pro / con ads he's created - ones featuring oil from a country that destroys the environment vs. oil from a country that reforests! Not so fast, Canadian tar sands oil industry:

Tar sands oil is found beneath the vast boreal forest in Alberta, Canada. To extract tar sands crude, oil companies clear-cut ancient forest, then strip mine the soil beneath it, using huge quantities of fresh water and natural gas to separate the bitumen from the earth. The process leaves behind giant toxic lakes that are linked to abnormally high rates of cancer in neighboring communities and are large enough to be seen from space.

Poitras Another ad touts the oil from a country that destroys native people vs. one where the oil industry gives native people jobs!  Sorry, Canadian tar sands oil industry - that's not true. Read this story from George Poitras of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. The tar sands industry is killing native populations.

The list goes on and on, but we'll stop there. It's obvious that the tar sands oil industry is grasping at straws. Let's keep the heat on them by continuing to fight against tar sands oil and the Keystone XL pipeline. We need a clean energy economy in the U.S., not dirtier and dirtier fuels that take our climate even closer to the brink of disaster.

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