The industry is the reason that Canada cannot meet its emission reduction commitments. Defence of the industry has turned Canada into a spoiler and saboteur of climate change negotiations.
Contrary to the claims of the Canadian government, there is no way to make this industry environmentally sustainable. It should simply be stopped.
When I moved to Canada in June 2006 I knew almost nothing about the tar-sands, but by the end of that year I was wondering if moving here was any better than emigrating to South Africa during apartheid, and I've been wondering that ever since.
The EU Fuel Quality Directive, when implemented, should stop tar sands oil entering Europe, but Greenpeace say the oil companies are lobbying hard to weaken the legislation. Greenpeace are asking people to write to Theresa Villiers to ask her to support a strong law.