Fuel Quality Directive

Europe denies fuel-quality rules aimed at oilsands

Europe is not discriminating against Canada with its proposed new fuel  quality legislation that would brand oilsands oil as dirtier than conventional  crude, says a member of the European Parliament visiting Montreal Friday to meet  with Quebec politicians and journalists.

“I am trying to convey a message of friendship and explain that this is not  against Canada or any government or state; it is about Europe doing the right  thing, which is to fight climate change,” said Kriton Arsenis, a …

EU parliamentarian to pay own cost for trip to Canada

OTTAWA — A Greek politician visiting Canada to talk about the EU’s climate policies will pay his own travel costs, says a spokeswoman for Climate Action Network Canada, which co-ordinated the trip.

The coalition of Canadian environment, labour and faith-based groups said Wednesday that it was sponsoring the trip of Kriton Arsenis. But Arsenis, a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats — the second-largest group in the European Parliament — later told the Canadian group he would …

Who’s holding us back? How carbon-intensive industry is preventing effective climate change legislation

Greenpeace released a report singling out the Canadian government’s collusion with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and tar sands companies like Shell and their intentions of derailing clean energy legislation in the US and Europe, and ultimately discouraging international climate negotiations.

Released on the eve of the international climate talks in Durban, South Africa, the ‘Who’s Holding Us Back’ report details how major polluting corporations such as Shell, BASF, ArcelorMittal, BHP Billiton, Eskom, and Koch Industries, as well as …

Europe’s fuel directive none of Ottawa’s business: EU

OTTAWA – “It is valid to want to protect jobs in Canada and choose the way you want to grow, but nobody should try to stop another sovereign state from protecting its citizens from catastrophic climate change,” Mr. Arsenis said in an interview. “This lobbying against legislation of another sovereign country – I don’t understand how this can be between allies and friends.”

The EU’s proposed fuel-quality regulations assume a litre of gasoline made from bitumen would produce 22 per …

Canada Should Fight a Pollution Battle Instead of a PR Battle

In the lead up to the next round of UN climate talks, instead of taking responsibility for their own pollution problem, the Canadian Government is focusing on a full scale public relations and diplomatic campaign to ensure no door is closed to Canada’s highly polluting tar sands. The cost of this campaign goes beyond taxpayers dollars — the real cost is our international credibility, and even worse a safe climate and future for Canadians and the world. Read more…