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In early 2008, officials at Canada's environment, foreign affairs and natural resources departments, as well as diplomats at the embassy in Washington, were in a bit of a tizzy. The reason? Environmental groups and some members of Congress, notably Henry Waxman, were looking to include the oil sands in a controversial piece of legislation that would bar the US government from purchasing dirty fuel.

Published: Wednesday, 12/01/2010 12:00 am EST

In early 2008, officials at Canada's environment, foreign affairs and natural resources departments, as well as diplomats at the embassy in Washington, were in a bit of a tizzy. The reason? Environmental groups and some members of Congress, notably Henry Waxman, were looking to include the oil sands in a controversial piece of legislation that would bar the US government from purchasing dirty fuel.

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