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BP Proves Beyond Petroleum Was Greenwashing

12/18/2007 05:55 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The tar sands are rightly called one of the world's greatest environmental crimes, as I've written. No company that invests in the Canadian tar sands can legitimately call itself green.

Yet BP, the oil company that lavished millions on advertising its move "Beyond Petroleum," announced this month it's putting $3 billion into this dirtiest of dirty fuels!

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BP is buying a half-share of the ironically named Sunrise field:

The company ultimately plans to produce 200,000 barrels of oil a day from the field.

Shame on you BP!

Just how bad are the tar sands environmentally? As The Independent explains:

What does BP have to say about the environment in its press release?

The result will be the development of a major new Canadian oil field and the modernization and expansion of the Toledo refinery to allow far greater use of Canadian heavy oil and to increase clean fuels production by as much as 600,000 gallons a day.

Clean fuels?! Do they really think we are that ignorant and gullible?

Mike Hudema, the climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace in Canada, had a more accurate description:

By jumping into tar sands extraction it is taking part in the biggest global warming crime ever seen and BP's green sheen is gone.

If the tar sands are Beyond Petroleum, then BP should just stick with good old petrol for the sake of the planet and stop its greenwashing ads.