Canada leaves out tar sands greenhouse gas data from UN report
The Canadian government, which has been pushing hard for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring more tar sands crude oil to the United States, left out data on higher greenhouse gas emissions from that type of oil from a UN report.
The Vancouver Sun reports:
The federal government has acknowledged that it deliberately excluded data indicating a 20 per cent increase in pollution from Canada’s oilsands industry in 2009 from a recent 567-page report on climate change that it was required to submit to the United Nations.
The numbers, uncovered by Postmedia News, were left out of the report, a national inventory on Canada’s greenhouse gas pollution. Overall, the report revealed a six per cent drop in annual emissions for the entire economy from 2008 to 2009, but does not directly show the extent of pollution from the oilsands production, which is now greater than the greenhouse gas emissions of all the cars driven on Canadian roads.
The data also indicated that emissions per barrel of oil produced by the sector is increasing, despite claims made by the industry in an advertising campaign.
Because tar sands oil has to be extracted using large amounts of energy and water, it produces significantly more greenhouse gasses and other pollutants per barrel than conventional crude oil.