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    Read This: Tar Sands vs. EVs

    It's pretty common knowledge - especially if you're the type to regularly visit sites such as AutoblogGreen and its ilk - that it's simply cheaper to drive a mile on electrical power than on gasoline. We also know that it is inefficient to convert oil sands into usable fuel relative to other ...

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    Read This: Canadian government to spend $22 million on green washing tar sands

    Apparently, the oil companies strip mining Alberta, Canada for its bitumen don't have money for a green-washing PR campaign. Lucky for them, the Harper government is ready to spend $22 million on their behalf this year. We guess the savings that were realized by destroying libraries full of ...

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    Study: Keystone XL pipeline could raise Midwest gas prices by $.40 a gallon

    The idea behind the politically contentious Keystone XL pipeline is to bring oil from Canada through the Midwestern US and then on to Texas for export throughout the world, mostly Europe and Latin America. A January 2012 report by NRDC and Oil Change International pointed out that the pipeline ...

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    Report: True cost of oil: ExxonMobil pipeline spills in Arkansas

    The controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would deliver tar sands oil mined in Alberta, Canada to Texas for cleanup and then return it to Canada has a number of serious issues and points of contention. Among the debates going on in Washington are which route would be used and what, exactly, are ...

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    Official: Broad coalition working against ethanol, says it's "worse than tar sands"

    Another round of fighting has started over whether E15 – a blend of ethanol (15 percent) and gasoline (85 percent) – should be adopted nationwide. The latest jab comes from Scott Faber, a lobbyist for Environmental Working Group, who says that, as far as greenhouse gasses go, ethanol ...

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    Keystone XL Pipeline decision pushed back to 2013

    After spending several years carefully reviewing the application from TransCanada for the permit necessary to run its Keystone XL pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to the refineries and ports along the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of State has finally announced a decision. It ...

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    China's Qaidam oil sands test a-okay, daily crude production could reach 700 tons

    Oil sand samples obtained from the Yousha Mountain in the Qaidam basin located in the northwestern region of China have been sampled, tested and deemed "feasible" for further development and exploration. As the China Petroleum Daily reports, samples contain a high percentage of clean oil that ...

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    Oil sands projects bogging down

    The recent drop in oil prices, in combination with the failing economy, is taking a toll in the development of Canadian oil sands. Because of low labor productivity and increasing costs, the Canadian-based industry is finding it increasingly difficult to compete in the global marketplace. Poor ...

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    Oil sands producers could shift to geothermal power

    Thanks to the increased cost of crude oil in recent years, there have been moves to make big expansions in oil production in northern Alberta, Canada. Alberta has some of the largest known petroleum reserves in the world, but unfortunately much of it is locked up in tar sands that need processing ...

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    Lack of workers limit Canada's oil sands projects

    Canada, which is the U.S.' number one supplier of oil, is now looking into new sources of fuel to export. One source is oil sands. In the past, obtaining enough usable oil from the mixture had been expensive but the $70 cost per barrel of crude oil has now made processing oil sands commercially ...


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