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Alberta’s oilsands create ‘big carbon footprint,’ Obama says
canada.com ^ | February 17, 2009 | Jason Fekete

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: 0bama; abovemypaygrade; bho2009; bho44; carbonfootprint; democrats; econazis; economy; ecowhackos; energy; environazis; fearlessleader; globalwarming; greenieweenies; obama; obamatruthfile; oil; pantload; starkravingsocialism
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Suzuki says premier unfit to lead Alberta - February 27, 2007 - One of Canada's top climate change crusaders blasted Ed Stelmach on Friday, saying the Alberta premier's reluctance to curb greenhouse gas emissions makes him unworthy of leading the petro-powered province. During a trip to Calgary, David Suzuki said Alberta needs to put the brakes on unlimited oilsands development until industry finds a more efficient way of extracting the fossil fuel.

"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."

1 posted on 02/18/2009 11:39:01 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

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”.


2 posted on 02/18/2009 11:40:44 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

He is going to bring this country down so that it looks like one of those third world countries.


3 posted on 02/18/2009 11:42:31 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Oh stop, the Obama nightmare has barely started!


4 posted on 02/18/2009 11:42:33 AM PST by A. Morgan (Every night I pray that Rezko and Blago roll over on Obama!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
What the hell kind of carbon footprint results from an absolutely pointless airflight to Denver? They don't have pens in DC???
5 posted on 02/18/2009 11:42:44 AM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Did they accept TARP money? Does he own them too?


6 posted on 02/18/2009 11:43:18 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

more gloBULLmisinforming.


7 posted on 02/18/2009 11:43:54 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"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.

Says the man who flew Air Force One all the way to Denver to sign a bill created in DC.

8 posted on 02/18/2009 11:44:12 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Tailgunner Joe

We have to do something right now!


9 posted on 02/18/2009 11:45:14 AM PST by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the admin moderator.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; proud_yank; FrPR; enough_idiocy; Desdemona; rdl6989; Little Bill; IrishCatholic; ...
 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

10 posted on 02/18/2009 11:45:40 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Hope + Change = PORKULU$)
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To: dirtboy

CO2 is not a pollutant.


11 posted on 02/18/2009 11:46:11 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Please, Canada, don’t listen to our village idiot.


12 posted on 02/18/2009 11:46:40 AM PST by Avid Coug
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What a bastard to think he thinks we are fools.


13 posted on 02/18/2009 11:46:58 AM PST by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What the liberal voters have brought upon America is becoming very clear.


14 posted on 02/18/2009 11:47:51 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Tailgunner Joe

0be needs to park AF1&2&3. He could start with Pelosi.


15 posted on 02/18/2009 11:49:22 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Suzuki's noted hypocrisy (private planes and carbon belching house) makes Al Gore look like a penitent monk.

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.

16 posted on 02/18/2009 11:49:55 AM PST by Corporate Law (<>< - Xavier Basketball: Perennial Slayers of #1 Ranked Teams)
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To: Avid Coug

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.


17 posted on 02/18/2009 11:50:23 AM PST by max americana
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I would think Canada would be a country that would benefit greatly from global warming.


18 posted on 02/18/2009 11:50:26 AM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The One thinks he can tell Canada want to do? Is this guy some kind of megalomaniac in the making?
19 posted on 02/18/2009 11:50:31 AM PST by colorado tanker ("I just LOVE clinging to my guns and my religion!!!!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: dirtboy
Says the man who flew Air Force One all the way to Denver to sign a bill created in DC.

By way of a weekend stop in Chicago.

20 posted on 02/18/2009 11:51:11 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; GMMAC; Clive; exg; kanawa; backhoe; -YYZ-; Former Proud Canadian; Squawk 8888; ...

21 posted on 02/18/2009 11:51:33 AM PST by fanfan
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“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


22 posted on 02/18/2009 11:52:33 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Avid Coug

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.


23 posted on 02/18/2009 11:53:24 AM PST by stylin_geek (Liberalism: comparable to a chicken with its head cut off, but with more spastic motions)
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To: Paladin2

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.


24 posted on 02/18/2009 11:54:35 AM PST by villagerjoel ("Gun control is a prerequisite for genocide." - Unknown)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
CO2 is not a pollutant.



DENIER!!

;-)

25 posted on 02/18/2009 11:55:19 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

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.


26 posted on 02/18/2009 11:55:21 AM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“... 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.


27 posted on 02/18/2009 11:56:09 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Great! 18.5% of our crude oil imports come from Canada and Zero goes there and pisses them off.


28 posted on 02/18/2009 11:57:04 AM PST by anoldafvet
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To: Tailgunner Joe

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.


29 posted on 02/18/2009 11:59:42 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: rbg81
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?

Yes. He would. He's a well brainwashed, teleprompter reading ideologue.

30 posted on 02/18/2009 12:00:46 PM PST by NeoCaveman (hey who ordered the trillion dollar crap sandwich?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

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.


31 posted on 02/18/2009 12:02:18 PM PST by mak5
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To: Tailgunner Joe

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......


32 posted on 02/18/2009 12:02:46 PM PST by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: rbg81

There is a massive reserve under Illinois. Its called coal.


33 posted on 02/18/2009 12:03:31 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Avid Coug

Don’t worry, if Obama doesn’t like our oil the Chinese will be glad to have it.


34 posted on 02/18/2009 12:04:13 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

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.

http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=174


35 posted on 02/18/2009 12:04:21 PM PST by bestintxas (It's great in Texas)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I hope Mr. Harper shows The Zero the door...................


36 posted on 02/18/2009 12:06:36 PM PST by Red Badger (Zimbabwe has removed 12 zeroes from its currency. We need to remove ONE from the White House......)
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To: colorado tanker
Is this guy some kind of megalomaniac in the making?

Like the rest of his ilk, he is nothing more than a smug punk.

37 posted on 02/18/2009 12:07:52 PM PST by Sarajevo (You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: max americana

I’m sure Bombardier is really fond of The Zero right about now...............


38 posted on 02/18/2009 12:07:54 PM PST by Red Badger (Zimbabwe has removed 12 zeroes from its currency. We need to remove ONE from the White House......)
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To: Travis T. OJustice
Says the man who flew Air Force One all the way to Denver to sign a bill created in DC.

By way of a weekend stop in Chicago.

Didn’t o return to DC before he went to Denver? ie:DC-Chicago-DC-Denver.

39 posted on 02/18/2009 12:11:56 PM PST by tankrlm
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hmmmmm...International Oil vs. Obama.

I’m thinking “Bambi Meets Godzilla”, a crowd-pleaser from years back.


40 posted on 02/18/2009 12:12:19 PM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: Sarajevo
smug punk

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.

41 posted on 02/18/2009 12:13:29 PM PST by colorado tanker ("I just LOVE clinging to my guns and my religion!!!!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: colorado tanker

The ONE is well past “in the making” stage.


42 posted on 02/18/2009 12:14:57 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“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.


43 posted on 02/18/2009 12:17:07 PM PST by Texan Tory
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Coal? That’s a dirty rock. Can’t use that. Better to send our $$ to those who want to kill us.


44 posted on 02/18/2009 12:19:23 PM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

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.


45 posted on 02/18/2009 12:19:36 PM PST by marron
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“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.


46 posted on 02/18/2009 12:20:11 PM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Is Alberta one of the 57 states that Comrade 0bama dictates over?


47 posted on 02/18/2009 12:23:33 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Kenyan Usurper - "Let his days be few, and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
“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”.”

Obama’s presidency is like a hybrid of the two movies Groundhog Day and Trading Places.

48 posted on 02/18/2009 12:27:45 PM PST by mickey finn
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To: Tailgunner Joe
He also says he's eyeing carbon capture and storage as a possible solution.

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.

49 posted on 02/18/2009 12:28:29 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: mickey finn

Or Groundhog Day and Nightmare on Elm Street.


50 posted on 02/18/2009 12:28:41 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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