TarSandsRealityCheck.com launches today to reveal the gritty truth about
the tar sands and counter misinformation spread by the oil industry
TORONTO, WASHINGTON and BRUSSELS, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Launching today
in Canada, Europe and the United States, TarSandsRealityCheck.com presents up to date, accurate facts about Alberta's tar sands to
counter the high-level pro-oil sands lobbying ongoing in Canada, the
United States and Europe around the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and
Europe on the Fuel Quality Directive.
The digital campaign launches the same day Prime Minister Stephen Harper
is expected in New York to address the Council of Foreign Relations and
promote the tar sands and the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. It also
comes just days after the Canadian government launched a new website as
part of its massive pro-tar sands PR campaign.
For the first time, world renowned economists, scientists and academics,
including Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon from the University of Waterloo and
Dr. Danny Harvey from the University of Toronto, have come together to
present peer-reviewed, easy to understand facts about the tar sands
that counter misinformation spread by the oil industry's glossy PR
"With so much misinformation floating around, much of it intentionally
misleading, it's time for a tar sands reality check," said Dr. Thomas
Homer-Dixon. "Every Canadian should read these facts and know the truth
about the industry's impacts."
An initiative of Canadian, European and U.S. organizations, TarSandsRealityCheck.com presents proven facts about the tar sands impacts on our climate,
economy, human rights, land and species, air and water.
These facts reflect the best available scientific data, drawing on
government, industry and academic sources. As further factual content
is provided and validated through the scientific advisory board, it
will be added to the site.
"The Canadian and Albertan governments, along with industry, are
inundating Europe with their pro-tar sands lobby campaign," said Laura
Buffet of Transport and Environment in Europe. "This website gives us a
one stop shop for accurate and peer-reviewed data that we can point to
decision makers who are overwhelmed by the industry spin."
Just this week it was revealed that the Canadian government has reserved
$16.5 million to sway public opinion on Alberta's tar sands.
"No glossy brochures or green-washed billboards can change the fact that
the pollution in the tar sands continues to soar," said Hannah McKinnon
of Environmental Defence Canada. "It is time for a reality check. The
oil industry needs to invest in reducing carbon emissions instead of
more empty PR spin."
TarSandsRealityCheck.com was designed for the public, media, politicians and the environmental
community. The website's sleek visual format allows facts to be shared
easily across social networks.
Groups involved in TarSandsRealityCheck.com include Environmental Defence Canada, Equiterre, Forest Ethics
Advocacy, Greenpeace Canada, Natural Resources Defense Council (U.S.),
350.org, Sierra Club U.S., and Transport and Environment (Europe).
Visit the site at www.tarsandsrealitycheck.com
SOURCE: Environmental Defence
For further information:
or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence Canada, email@example.com 416-323-9521 ext. 258; 416-570-2878 (cell)
Tzeporah Berman, Forest Ethics Advocacy, 604-313-4713