Ottawa lobbies U.S. to let new law bypass oilsands energy ban

OTTAWA – The Harper government quietly has urged the Bush administration to protect Alberta’s oilsands sector from newly enacted U.S. energy and climate-change legislation, Canwest News Service has learned.

In a letter sent last week, Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to Washington, encouraged U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other members of President George W. Bush’s cabinet to exclude oil derived from the oilsands in its application of the new legislation.

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