Canadian Diplomat Touts Relations With Vermont

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Canada’s consul general to New England says his home country will continue extracting oil from tar sands in Alberta, and that it is beginning to do so in a more environmentally friendly way.

Patrick Binns told Vermont lawmakers yesterday that the amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide resulting from tar sands oil extraction had declined by 29 percent in recent years.

Binns stopped in Montpelier for a general talk to House and Senate members about what he called strong cooperation between Canada and the United States on trade, security, environmental protection and other issues.

He also mentioned close relations between Vermont and Quebec, noting that many families have relatives on both sides of the border.

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