University of Victoria professor Andrew Weaver has supposedly dropped a bombshell - the Athabasca Tar Sands are inconsequential to the problem of global warming. Or that is at least what the reporter who crafted the story wants you to believe.
I have linked to the story from the Globe & Mail and I'll let you come to your own conclusions. I was struck as much by what was left out of the report as what was actually said and how even that was pretty obviously spun.
What it does seem to claim is that coal is far more worrisome in terms of carbon emissions than oil. Well, duh. And, perhaps, that Weaver thinks the Tar Sands problems are limited to carbon emissions which I think is a viewpoint the Canadian Press reporter chose to spin.
Anyway, there it is. For me the article was a bit like one of those coffee shop flyers with the "spot the differences" cartoon. If you want a bit of fun, go through it yourself and see how many issues and questions are missing from the piece that might otherwise alter the tone of the article.