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Canada's cars and trucks produce a substantial amount of greenhouse gases.

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Canada's cars and trucks produce a substantial amount of greenhouse gases.

In an otherwise accurate editorial (Celebrity activism often oily, Jan. 15) it is incorrectly stated the oilsands are the "single biggest emitter" of greenhouse gases in Canada. In fact, it's Canada's transportation sector that tops the list.

Environment Canada says the oilsands produced total greenhouse gases (GHGs) of 55 megatonnes in 2011. GHGs emitted by light cars and trucks the same year was 92.6 megatonnes, not including rail, buses and airplanes, which would make the number significantly higher.

For more context, oilsands GHG emissions are 7.8 per cent of Canada's output and 0.14 per cent of global GHGs, meaning even if the industry was shut down, it would have virtually no effect on global emissions. Also for comparison, the oilsands are one of the only oil sources globally that is getting better on an emissions-per-barrel basis -- down 26 per cent since 1990 -- not worse.

From coast to coast, the majority of Canadians support the continued responsible development of the oilsands, according to public opinion polls conducted by independent third parties for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. That's in part because this important resource is developed with respect for aboriginal peoples and stakeholders who live and work nearby.

It also creates jobs and economic benefits across Canada while retaining a strong, continuous focus on reducing environmental impacts.

JANET ANNESLEY

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Calgary

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 23, 2014 A12

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