October 28th, 2011
The European Commission may rate oil from Canadian tar sands as more polluting based on studies that show it has a higher carbon footprint than standard crude oil, according to reports from Reuters.
EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told a gathering in Brussels that it is a matter of scientific fact that “oil sands are more CO2-polluting than other kinds of fuel.”
“And therefore we say it should have a specific value. It’s nothing targeted against this particular fuel. We are doing that with all our different biofuels. It’s the same methodology that we are applying for different things in the same directive,” she said.