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Alberta’s Premier To Confront Al Gore on Oilsands at Davos

Via the Calgary Herald:

Premier Alison Redford says she hopes to make it clear to former U.S. vice-president Al Gore that his inconvenient truths about the oilsands are more than inconvenient — they’re wrong.

Speaking to Alberta reporters in a conference call from Switzerland, Redford said Monday she plans to straighten out the oilsands critic when she encounters him at a World Economic Forum panel in Davos this week.

“I will do what I always do, which is to talk about Alberta’s record and to give him the facts and to suggest that as he draws conclusions which are erroneous with respect to the oilsands, that he take into account the reality of the production — and not the myths of the production,” the premier said.

“I don’t really care who is saying it; we can’t have people out there spreading myths.”

Redford accused Gore of not having science on his side and “providing information to people that isn’t accurate.”

She said one of the reasons she travels frequently to Washington, D.C., and other countries is to make people aware of Alberta’s environmental record and to convince them Alberta is responsibly developing its resources.

Gore has frequently attacked the oilsands. Last spring, he chided Canada for “the reckless spewing of pollution into the earth’s atmosphere as if it’s an open sewer.”

He has also opposed TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline that has been proposed to carry Alberta bitumen to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The noted climate-change crusader and winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize wrote a blog in 2011 urging U.S. President Barack Obama to “block” the pipeline.

“The tarsands are the dirtiest source of fuel on the planet,” Gore wrote.

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