Unlike any other industry in Canada, the oilsands will be allowed to increase pollution under incoming “clean air” regulations.
Reasons this is stupid:
1) Bad PR everywhere but Alberta and northern Saskatchewan.
2) Pollution sucks.
3) As long as we have oil, there will be a market for it. Whether it gets dug up now or in five years, there will be somebody willing to pay through the nose for it. Oilsands are probably in the least precarious position of any industry in Canada, yetthe government wants to treat it as if the slightest breeze will send the whole economy of the West under.