Oxford becomes Europe’s first ‘tar-free city’
In Britain, Oxford City Council has voted this summer to become the first city in Europe to shun oil from controversial Canadian tar sands.
In a near-unanimous decision, the council chose to adapt its energy procurement policy to ensure the oil doesn’t enter the city’s economy.
The city, famous for its university, took the lead from the US where similar declarations have been made. ‘Tar-free’ locations include Bellingham (WA), a US gateway for the tar sands, and Burlington (VT), which lies near the route of a proposed tar sands pipeline. In Vermont alone, 28 towns have made the pledge.
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