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Trudeau says Canada’s oil sands must be phased out

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Staff Writer | January 16, 2017
Canada must “phase out” Alberta’s oil sands and end the country’s dependence on hydrocarbons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
Justin Trudeau
Oil exploration   The transition
“We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out,” he said. “We need to manage the transition off our dependence on fossil fuels.”

He was responding to a question at a town hall event about his decision in late November to authorize an increase in the capacity of two oil pipelines in the country’s west.

Upgrading them will increase Canada’s export capacity by nearly a million barrels a day.

“You can’t make a choice between what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy,” he said about reconciling the fight against climate change with economic growth. Canada is the world’s sixth-largest oil producer.