Canada Places ‘Personal Ad’ to Obama in US Newspapers ahead of his Feb. 19 VisitNew York Post, SF Chronicle, LA Times, Craigslist feature playful appeals asking
Obama to reject Dirty Canadian Tar Sands Oil
San Francisco – Environmental group ForestEthics placed personal ads in three large-circulation papers and Craigslist portals across North America today to highlight growing concerns surrounding Canada’s Tar Sands oil developments ahead of President Obama’s trip to Canada next Thursday. The United States gets more of its oil from Canada than from any other nation and much it comes from Alberta’s Tar Sands, home to the dirtiest oil in the world.
In Canada, President Obama is expected to discuss energy and climate issues with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper, a strong proponent of expanded Tar Sands developments, is expected to propose a joint US-Canada climate pact that will seek to contain greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously exempting Canada’s fastest-growing source of emissions: the Tar Sands.
“As if conventional oil doesn’t cause enough problems around the world, the Tar Sands are a Frankenstein of local and global environmental hazards,” said Todd Paglia, executive director of ForestEthics. “They have no part to play in the plan for a clean energy future.”
Facts about Canada’s Tar Sands:
· Local communities downstream of the Tar Sands are experiencing rare forms of cancer;
· The production of Tar Sands oil generates three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventional oil;
· Toxic ponds--so big they can be seen from space--are bleeding dangerous chemicals into the water;
· ”Duck-rakers” are employed by oil companies in the Tar Sands to remove dead ducks and other birds from the toxic ponds;
· President Obama has pledged to spend $15 billion per year to catalyze investment in new jobs in the clean energy sector. The Tar Sands undercut these investments;
· the Canadian province of Alberta is spending $25 million to convince Americans that the Tar Sands are a solution to our energy needs.
The personals ads will run in the New York Post’s ‘Personal Messages’ section for one week, the Los Angeles Times’ ‘Personals’ section for four days, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s ‘Personals’ section for five days. The Chicago Tribune declined to run the personal ad.
The ad will also run in the ‘Strictly Platonic’ section of Craigslist.org across North America. It can be found by searching for the word “sands” on the site.
On Tuesday, a full-page ad will run in USA Today raising awareness of the Tar Sands and urging President Obama to prioritize clean energy over fossil fuels.