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Canada's Oil Sands: Energy Security or Energy Disaster?
Date Tuesday August 30
Time 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location Details
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorJane Ann Chien
Emailjchien [at] commonwealthclub.org
Phone(415) 597-6700
Address595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
Canada’s Oil Sands:
Public debate about an oil pipeline from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast, one of the country’s most controversial energy projects, is coming to a head as the U.S. government nears a final decision on the $7 billion project. Nearly half a million citizens and dozens of members of Congress have weighed in on the conduit, which traverses six states and has become a heated proxy battle for the direction of U.S. energy policy.
Supporters say the Keystone XL pipeline would provide transportation fuel from a friendly neighbor and displace petroleum supplies from hostile foreign regimes. Opponents say tapping the Canadian oil sands (also known as tar sands) would trigger a climate catastrophe and would lock the United States for decades into burning some of the dirtiest fuel on Earth. What is at stake here? What are the alternatives? Would any of the Canadian gasoline find its way into California cars?
The U.S. State Department is expected to issue a final environmental report in late August and then the project will be open to public comment. Join us for a conversation about powering America’s economy and finding a cleaner way forward.

Cassie Doyle, Consul General; former Canadian Deputy Minister Natural Resources
Jason Mark, Earth Island Institute
Carl Pope, Chairman, Sierra Club
Alex Pourbaix, President of Energy and Oil Pipelines, TransCanada

Location: The Commonwealth Club of CA, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 standard, $7 students (with valid ID)
Contact: Jane Ann Chien, (415) 597-6700 Website: http://www.climate-one.org/
Added to the calendar on Monday Aug 22nd, 2011 9:37 PM
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