03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Oil Shale Development In West Led Canada Toward A Path Of Pollution

While the world discusses climate protection in Copenhagen, a climate disaster looms in the Rocky Mountain West: a resurgence of interest in oil shale development. We need only look at Canada to see that oil shale development in the West, like tar sands production in Alberta, would undermine our country's goal of reducing greenhouse gasses.

Eleven years ago when the international community met in Kyoto to establish goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Canada pledged to reduce its levels 6 percent by 2012. Since that time its output has increased 26 percent, largely as a result of tar sands production. Canada is now one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gasses.

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