photo by Edward Burtynsky via :: The Globe and Mail
It's no secret that Treehugger's not a big fan of extracting energy from the Alberta Tar Sands. Oil Shale in Colorado doesn't really rate highly on our list of good things either. Well, it appears that the U.S. Conference of Mayors agrees with us.
Resolution Against Using High Carbon Fuels
Though it's just a symbolic show of support, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution calling for the avoidance of fuels derived from unconventional sources such "tar sand, liquid coal, and oil shale" because "the continued production and purchase of these higher-carbon unconventional or synthetic fuels slows the United States' transition to clean, renewable energy sources."
The resolution also calls for the creation of clear Federal and State guidelines for tracking the origin of various types of fuel so that the full carbon footprint of the fuel can be analyzed for the entire lifecycle.
Eugene, Oregon mayor, Kitty Piercy:
Tar sands oil emits up to three times the greenhouse gases in the production process per barrel as conventional oil production. Our cities are asking for environmentally sustainable energy and not fuels from dirty sources such as tar sands. We don't want to spend taxpayer dollars on fuels that make global warming worse.
The exact wording of this resolution, as well as a whole slew of others on a variety of issues, can be found in a PDF from the conference. "High Carbon Fuels" is found on page 117 of this 280 page document.
via :: ENS
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