Canada, EU spar over climate rule

Canada and the European Union are embroiled in a dispute over a key piece of EU climate legislation that Ottawa claims discriminates against one of its key exports—crude from the Alberta oil sands, the Wall Street Journal reported. At issue is the EU Fuel Quality Directive, which aims to encourage the use of low-carbon transport fuels in Europe. Canada claims it would unfairly penalize oil sands crude, and says it could refer Brussels to the World Trade Organization if the legislation isn't changed.

Published: Wednesday, 09/21/2011 12:00 am EDT

Canada and the European Union are embroiled in a dispute over a key piece of EU climate legislation that Ottawa claims discriminates against one of its key exports—crude from the Alberta oil sands, the Wall Street Journal reported. At issue is the EU Fuel Quality Directive, which aims to encourage the use of low-carbon transport fuels in Europe. Canada claims it would unfairly penalize oil sands crude, and says it could refer Brussels to the World Trade Organization if the legislation isn't changed.

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