- Jan 31, 2020 5:19 pm GMT
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The government of Canada is caught between a rock and a hard place in attempting to balance the economic interests of the country with climate change mitigation. The question of the future of the oil sands is dependent on policy decision making both at the provincial and federal level. The oil sands industry is in direct conflict with the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming. The question of repurposing bitumen to not burn it, but rather to use it to produce high-value carbon fiber for use in the automotive, aerospace, and renewable energy industry (wind turbine blades) could be the answer to saving an industry that employs tens of thousands.