I'd like the Americans to comment on if you care, or have even heard about this issue. We Canucks seem to make a big deal out of everything, sometimes for no good reason... Here is my take on the issue: Now that National Geographic has joined the "dirty oil" campaign here is different perspective. Yes, we must do a far better job of protecting our environment, the current situation is just not acceptable. And so must the people pointing the finger (their middle finger). Canada is the number 1 source of energy for the USA (and their number 1 trading partner). The alternatives to "dirty oil from Canada" are Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq,...their carbon footprint and political/economic pressures are a little more troublesome than Canada's. The other alternatives are more coal (strip mining of every sort - coal, oil sands, minerals - does have a huge foot print that must be taken care of and reduced), more natural gas would be a great thing and then there is nuclear (that may be a great thing but there is this little waste product...). Better yet, let's consume less. Think of that very nice commercial that is running on TV about the 2010 Chevrolet Volt powered by electricity. In the scene is gorgeous nature coming back to reclaim service stations, mountain valleys, .... Where do you think electricity comes from? In America, the majority of electricity comes from coal !!! A far better job must be done by all. And please media and special interest groups on all sides, we are not as stupid as you seem to think! Rather, let's embrace this challenge and shift our thinking together; our planet deserves better than the positional thinking we are doled out. Where is the CO2 coming from.....? Allow me to do the math for you: Canadian oil sands CO2 emissions are 0.17% of the US coal industry and 0.08% of China's total CO2 emissions. Canada's supposed dirty oil is an insignificant drop in the bucket compared to the American's very dirty coal and to China's very dirty air. Canadians must recognize that our national pastime has too long been to sever our noses to spite our faces. Oil and gas made up 21% of Canada's exports in 2006 and is at the tops of the list of all Canadian exports. Think of it this way, every Canadian across the country (from St. John's to Victoria) must recognize that 21% of each dollar you have in your account or wallet has gotten there because of oil and gas exports from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.