Skip to comments.Alberta’s oilsands create ‘big carbon footprint,’ Obama says
Posted on 02/18/2009 11:39:01 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
CALGARY - U.S. President Barack Obama says Alberta's oilsands industry "creates a big carbon footprint" that leaves Canada and America facing an environmental dilemma about how to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from energy development. He also says he's eyeing carbon capture and storage as a possible solution.
As the public-relations war between industry and environmental groups heats up over the oilsands - the second-largest oil reserves on the planet next to Saudi Arabia - the massive development in northern Alberta has clearly caught the eye of the 44th U.S. president.
Obama has previously vowed to end America's addiction to "dirty, dwindling and dangerously expensive" oil, and on Tuesday he offered more insight into how he plans to do just that.
On the eve of his Thursday trip to Ottawa for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama said Canada must partner with the U.S. to find ways to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from petroleum extraction if both countries' economies are to grow in the future.
"What we know is that oilsands creates a big carbon footprint. So the dilemma that Canada faces, the United States faces, and China and the entire world faces is, how do we obtain the energy that we need to grow our economies in a way that is not rapidly accelerating climate change?" Obama told CBC News on Tuesday.
"To the extent that Canada and the United States can collaborate on ways that we can sequester carbon, capture greenhouse gases before they're emitted into the atmosphere, that's going to be good for everybody," he added.
"Because if we don't, then we're going to have a ceiling at some point, in terms of our ability to expand our economies and maintain the standard of living that's so important."
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"If your premier thinks he's worried about the future -- and he doesn't realize not doing anything about greenhouse gases is going to wreck the economy -- then he doesn't deserve to be a leader," Suzuki said. He was responding to Stelmach's comments Thursday that Alberta's economic growth won't be sacrificed to meet environmental targets of the Kyoto accord.
"Look, you think you need the tarsands to go gung-ho. Albertans have always had the highest standard of living of any province in the country. What the hell do you need all this unlimited expansion, for God's sake? That's crazy," Suzuki told reporters Friday.
"We haven't even begun to apply the brain power to exploit the tarsands the proper way."
Suzuki, invited to accept $835 for his foundation collected by students at Altadore Elementary School, also lashed out at Prime Minister Stephen Harper, saying he doesn't believe "there's a green bone in Harper's body."
I keep hoping I’m going to wake up from this nightmare and find Duncan Hunter as president and say think “Thank God, it was only a dream”.
He is going to bring this country down so that it looks like one of those third world countries.
Oh stop, the Obama nightmare has barely started!
Did they accept TARP money? Does he own them too?
Says the man who flew Air Force One all the way to Denver to sign a bill created in DC.
We have to do something right now!
CO2 is not a pollutant.
Please, Canada, don’t listen to our village idiot.
What a bastard to think he thinks we are fools.
What the liberal voters have brought upon America is becoming very clear.
0be needs to park AF1&2&3. He could start with Pelosi.
Fortunately for all, the people of Alberta appear to more than able and willing to tell Obama (and anyone else for that matter) to stick it where the sun does not shine.
As a former Canuck, Alberta won’t listen to him.
And don’t take Suzuki’s rantings as science. He’s the algore of Canada. Most of his “science’ are junk science at best..feel good science for the libs. Just because he has a show on CBC took his arrogance to a new level.
I would think Canada would be a country that would benefit greatly from global warming.
By way of a weekend stop in Chicago.
“On the eve of his Thursday trip to Ottawa for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama said Canada must partner with the U.S. to find ways to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from petroleum extraction if both countries’ economies are to grow in the future.”
There he goes again, “dictating.” /sarc
Fabulous, President Obama has now added Canada to his list of countries he’s PO’d.
President Obama is such an intellectual lightweight it’s unbelievable. I cannot believe someone who’s close to my own age has so little experience or wisdom to draw on.
I can’t even say President Obama is book smart. For all of the posturing by the left about how “dumb” President Bush is, President Obama certainly is not making a good case for being smarter than President Bush.
After Obama has brought the country to its knees with bad policies, the sheeple will look back to him to save them from their misery, all the while blaming Bush for all their ills and demanding their share of money from those left who actually pay taxes.
CO2 is not a pollutant.
So....if tomorrow we found the world’s biggest oil reserves under Southern Illinois, he would pass on developing them due to the carbon footprint? Unbelievable. This is what happens when you believe your own propaganda.
“... how do we obtain the energy that we need to grow our economies in a way that is not rapidly accelerating climate change?” Obama told CBC News on Tuesday.”
The answer is obvious. Nuclear Power.
Great! 18.5% of our crude oil imports come from Canada and Zero goes there and pisses them off.
The Obamaloon couldn’t pick out carbon in a pile of charcoal.
Perhaps one (of the many) reasons the loon won’t release his “education” records is that either he took no science at all, or got his richly deserved “F” in the elementary courses he did take.
Yes. He would. He's a well brainwashed, teleprompter reading ideologue.
Amazing how he now plans to achieve energy independence by not drilling, not building nuclear plants, not mining coal, and not buying energy from the Canadian oil sands or our own shale.
I work tirelessly to ensure that my carbon footprint is as large as possible. Tonight I’ll be grilling steaks over way too much charcoal, and then I’ll just let the coals burn themselves out. Mmmmmmm......
There is a massive reserve under Illinois. Its called coal.
Don’t worry, if Obama doesn’t like our oil the Chinese will be glad to have it.
A “big carbon footprint’ is what is done when you try to generate lots of power via solar cells or by tilling up massive amounts of dirt to grow corn from ethanol.
Hydrocarbons extraction have a very low footprint, with the only lower one being nuclear power generation.
I hope Mr. Harper shows The Zero the door...................
Like the rest of his ilk, he is nothing more than a smug punk.
I’m sure Bombardier is really fond of The Zero right about now...............
By way of a weekend stop in Chicago.
Didn’t o return to DC before he went to Denver? ie:DC-Chicago-DC-Denver.
Hmmmmm...International Oil vs. Obama.
I’m thinking “Bambi Meets Godzilla”, a crowd-pleaser from years back.
This guy is something else. Yesterday he said Porkulus would lead to energy independence, where the reality is he's doing everything he can to restrict our energy supply.
The ONE is well past “in the making” stage.
“CO2 is not a pollutant”
Exactly. One of the things that bothers me the most about the CO2 global warming hoopla, is that it diverts attention from pollution problems that are real. For example, if Obama were to complain about the toxic chemicals involved as a byproduct of oil production in the Alberta Oil Sands, so that we need to proceed very carefully, with adequate pollution controls, in the production of oil from our own oil sands, at least it would be a real issue.
Coal? That’s a dirty rock. Can’t use that. Better to send our $$ to those who want to kill us.
Obama is worried that Canada is threatening the Saudi monopoly on energy.
Environmentalists are divided between the leadership who are shills for OPEC, and the rank and file who are too dumb to know they are shilling for OPEC.
“Albertans have always had the highest standard of living of any province in the country. What the hell do you need all this unlimited expansion, for God’s sake? That’s crazy,” Suzuki told reporters Friday.”
Alberta was dirt-poor from the ‘30s through to the ‘50s, when oil started to transform the economy. Albertans made their standard of living by working hard and being productive in a harsh climate, something about which these gumflapping greenshirts know nothing.
Is Alberta one of the 57 states that Comrade 0bama dictates over?
Obama’s presidency is like a hybrid of the two movies Groundhog Day and Trading Places.
So what's he going to do, invade Canada? This is part of Canada's sovereign land area, and Obama has zero immediate say in how they decide to process their own natural resources.
Or Groundhog Day and Nightmare on Elm Street.