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NEWS: Council opposes Mitt Romney’s energy strategy

The Toronto Star reports, “Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney says if elected he would bring Canada into a plan to boost oil production (by opening up areas off the U.S. east coast to oil exploration) and fast-track north-south pipelines (including approving the Keystone XL pipeline)… ‘It’s clear that the oil industry is getting the policy they paid for by way of campaign contributions,’ said Greenpeace Canada spokesperson Keith Stewart. …Maryam Adrangi, climate and energy campaigner at the Ottawa-based Council of Canadians, said Romney’s remarks may be pleasing to the Harper government ‘because this would really help its agenda of increasing oil exports, expanding fossil fuel production and expanding the extractive industries.’ But she said Canadians ‘who are actually going to be facing the brunt of these policies’ will continue to oppose them. …Canada is already the largest crude oil exporter to the U.S., with 2.2 million barrels a day flowing south of the border in 2011.” http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1246317–mitt-romney-counting-on-canadian-oil