Why is oil from tar sands different?
Tar sands oil creates more global warming pollution than conventional oil
Extra carbon emissions from every gallon of gasoline from tar sands oilCompared with standard US gasoline, each gallon of gasoline derived from Canadian tar sands adds an additional 4 lbs of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere.
Adding it up: A year’s worth of extra carbon emissionsIf a gallon of tar sands gasoline adds an additional 4 lbs of CO2 and an American car uses 535 gallons of gasoline per year, that creates an additional 2,140 lbs of CO2 each year.
Tar sands oil creates more global warming pollution than conventional oilFueling a vehicle with gasoline from Canadian tar sands oil is around 17% more carbon-intensive than using average US oil (refined in 2005).
Global warming pollution compared to oil from other common sourcesThis graph shows the life-cycle CO2 footprint for transportation fuels produced from different geographic regions. Canadian oil sands have the highest life-cycle carbon emissions.
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