EU preparing dirty oil label

The European Union's environment commission is forging ahead with its plans to label Canada's oil sands as dirty, a move that is infuriating the Conservative government, the Globe and Mail reported. The Canadian government has been pushing back hard, reportedly ruffling the feathers of one member of the European Parliament. Canada is worried that the EU's label will lend momentum to a similar movement taking shape in the United States, the primary importer of oil sands product. California has already passed legislation discouraging the use of fuel derived from oil sands.

Published: Wednesday, 03/30/2011 12:00 am EDT

The European Union's environment commission is forging ahead with its plans to label Canada's oil sands as dirty, a move that is infuriating the Conservative government, the Globe and Mail reported. The Canadian government has been pushing back hard, reportedly ruffling the feathers of one member of the European Parliament. Canada is worried that the EU's label will lend momentum to a similar movement taking shape in the United States, the primary importer of oil sands product. California has already passed legislation discouraging the use of fuel derived from oil sands.

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