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NEWS RELEASE · 17th October 2012
UK Tar Sands Campaign
Canadian Minister and Shell embarrassed over tar sands at climate conference

Today at a high-level conference on climate change at Chatham House, London, two activists interrupted first Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister, then Shell's UK Chairman Graham van't Hoff, as they got up to make speeches. There was laughter at the tongue-in-cheek speeches which referred to Kent as an "agent from a rogue petro-state" and Shell as "world-class greenwashers", and the audience listened attentively for several minutes, before the activists were removed by security.

The first activist used the Canadian Government's own words against them, calling them 'foreign radicals' who were 'interfering with the regulatory structures' of Europe to pursue their 'radical ideological agenda' of tar sands expansion, and asked for Kent to be removed from the stage.

The second activist then rose as Graham van't Hoff was about to speak. She accused Shell of trying to gain green kudos by sponsoring the conference, while lobbying against effective national and international climate action. Shell is one of the largest operators in the tar sands and plans to double its production despite a legal challenge from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation who claim their treaty rights have been violated. She too was removed by security.

Earlier that morning, campaigners from the UK Tar Sands Network staged a dramatic piece of street theatre outside Chatham House. Conference attendees, including Peter Kent himself, were greeted by the disturbing spectacle of black-clad masked figures representing Canada and Shell literally 'strangling' climate activists. The campaigners handed out flyers and spoke to the conference attendees, questioning whether genuine solutions to climate change that would end our dependence on fossil fuels, promote climate justice and penalise highly-carbon-intensive companies could really be on the table for discussion at an event sponsored by Shell and featuring Peter Kent as a keynote speaker.

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Luddites? Hardly.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 19th October 2012
The Luddites were fearful of losing their jobs in the textile industry because of automation. I wonder how many of us would have happily faced unemployment and obsolescence. For whatever reason it has been used to describe anyone who doesn't like what is happening around them. It hardly applies to person with an environmental concern over a pipeline.

It also doesn't apply to the concern about supporting a nation with a pretty lousy human rights record and foreign policy which contradicts our own. It is overused.

I rather think that we might be seeing a birth of real nationalism where Canada comes first and our economic interests are not served by selling off our finite natural resources. At least not selling them off without increasing the employment levels for the longer term.

I wonder what our grand kids will say about us when the resources are all gone because we wanted to make a quick buck?
Need new technology
Comment by David on 18th October 2012
Maybe the automobile industry needs to invent cars that run on a mixture of sand and oil. And the oil companies should invent gas pumps that pump the oily sand into your vehicle's "gas" tank. Or maybe I'm out of the loop and these groundbreaking discoveries have already been implemented in Alberta?
who really cares,what its called!!!!!!
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 18th October 2012
It is Black gooey shit, oil sands tar sands big deal.
Tar Sands - Oil Sands - Bitumen Sands - Insults
Comment by Terrace Daily on 18th October 2012
The original words used to describe the product discovered in the region of Athabasca, Ft. McMurry was called "Tar Sands" because that was how it appeared. Then when the publicity (public perception) became negative, the Oil Industry and CAPP determined to change the term to "Oil Sands".

When people continued to use Tarsands, they were attacked for using that term.

The appropriate term might be bitumen, however the raw product is a corrosive mix of sand (silica) and a substance similar to bunker crude.

By no means is it "Oil".

Please do not attack people by calling them names on this web medium forum.

Reserve name calling ie ludites, for the juvenille facebook and other forums. This site is for intelligent debate only.
Tar Sands??? really
Comment by Frank Donahue on 18th October 2012
what's with this "TAR Sands" reference- I use petrol and oil for heat,transportation and some chemicals- what do you and the other ludites use?
Perhaps it's the much touted hydro generated from flooding thousands of acres of forests to create those dams?

Energy comes at a price- what are you prepared to pay.