Canada lobbies against proposed European fuel law

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OTTAWA — A multiyear lobbying effort by Ottawa and Alberta against a proposed European fuel law that would label the oilsands a dirtier form of crude is expected to culminate over the next couple of months with key votes by European Union lawmakers.

A vote by EU environment ministers on the proposed Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) is expected this fall during a critical few months for the future of Canada’s oilsands industry and the environmental movement that has targeted the development.

Two senior Alberta government ministers depart Saturday for a weeklong trip to Europe to trumpet what they say is Alberta and Canada’s solid environmental credentials, and have EU countries reject a proposal that would “discriminate” against oilsands-derived fuels.

Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver — who may return to Europe this fall on his own mission — says Canada supports Europe’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but is also…

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