Albertan farmers join forces with ‘tree huggers’ to protest Tories’ lax environmental record

As the current government has held fast with its position not to limit development in oil and gas exploration, particularly in the oil sands, and as new projects and urban sprawl consume ever more of the province’s precious wild lands, common ground between the traditional far-left environmental movement and the typically far-right rural Albertan community has emerged: the ground itself.

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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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