Tuesday, February 28, 2012

IPCC Scientist: Oil Sands Bad, But Not THAT Bad...?

The EU was all set to vote on a measure to burden Canadian oil sands crude with higher carbon offset requirements, but it appears voting members were swayed by a new study that claims the emissions of oil sands crude is not as bad as previously thought and not as bad as some alternatives. Must be some oil-industry paid shill doing the study, right? Nope.

The new study conducted by researchers Andrew Weaver and Neil Swart and published in Nature magazine, calculates the climate impact of producing the oil sands bitumen against other fuels. Dr. Weaver is the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modeling and Analysis at the University of Victoria and a recognized Canadian climate expert who was a lead author with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
RTWT. Not that anybody is under any illusions that Obama and the environmental left is driven by "the science", this nonetheless undermines the scientific rationale for inhibiting the development of the oils sands by, say...oh...prohibiting pipelines that bring the stuff to where it is needed.


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