Oil sands boycott unfair and impossible to implement
EDMONTON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Alberta Enterprise Group is urging all
Albertans and Canadians to boycott all Gap, Levi-Strauss and Timberland
products in response to these retailers unfair and misguided position on
Canada's oil sands.
"The greenest Gap store is no Gap store," said Tim Shipton, President of
Alberta Enterprise Group. "Clearly closing Gap and affiliated Old Navy
and Banana Republic stores is one of the best hot air reduction
opportunities we have right now."
"Gap, a company that is regularly accused of using unethical labour
practices in developing countries to produce its stock, wants the world
to buy bloody oil from Nigeria and the Middle East. It's high time for
Albertans to say no way."
GAP, Old Navy and Banana Republic have 26 Alberta locations in Red Deer,
Edmonton and Calgary. Asian-made Gap products routinely travel more than
10,000 kilometers from manufacturing plants to reach Albertans, emitting
thousands of tonnes of CO2 and using oil from the Middle East and Africa
along the way.
Alberta Enterprise Group also believes that these retailers' boycotts
are simply green PR, or "greenwashing", because they are not, in fact,
Oil sands crude is 50 per cent of the crude oil supply in western
Canada, mixing with conventional sources -- all of which is refined into
liquid transportation fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel.
"Consumers, especially those serving diverse locations in western
Canada, cannot avoid oil sands crude unless they have non-oil fuel
sources," said Shipton. "There is only so much used french fry oil to go
The US Midwest is also highly dependent on western Canadian crude with
one-third of the crude supply in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin coming from western
"Walgreens stores in the Midwest will need to avoid all Canadian crude--
one third of the supply - to comply with its no-oil sands policy. We
hope all those delivery trucks have one very special and magical pump."
AEG is Alberta's common sense public policy advocacy group dedicated
to lasting prosperity and strong communities. AEG members employ 30,000
people in the energy, manufacturing, construction and retail industries
and generate billions in economic activity each year. For more
information on AEG visit href="http://www.albertaenterprise.ca/">www.albertaenterprise.ca.
SOURCE ALBERTA ENTERPRISE GROUP
For further information: For further information:
Tim Shipton, President, Alberta Enterprise Group - 780.909.8584