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Published: Friday 06 September, 2013

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Environmentalists and oil producers are vowing to keep up the fight after a European Union vote Thursday delayed a decision on whether to declare oil sands output more harmful to the environment than conventional crude.

It was defeated this time. We will continue to lobby in that regard. said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird from London. The reality is the emissions are very similar to Russian and Nigerian heavy crude.

Canadas finance minister Jim Flaherty said he was encouraged that some of the EU countries are taking another look at this potential kind of discriminatory action toward the oil sands and toward Canada. Theres no question this resource is going to be used in the world over the course of the next many years.

Travis Davies of the Association of Petroleum Producers said the vote is a positive. It means we have some support in European states.

But environmentalist group Greenpeace also declared victory, calling the delay welcome given fierce lobbying by Ottawa, Alberta and multinational energy companies with investments in oil sands projects.

Greenpeace said the fight now moves to the EU political arena after the vote by a technical committee in Brussels, with Eur winter wear for men opean environment ministers expected to rule on the matter in June.

If they want to stand up and say they sided with Shell and BP instead of the climate, then thats going to be a pretty uncomfortable position to take in Europe, said Keith Stewart, Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada.

Greenpeace said an outright rejection would have been a victory for an industry that produces the dirtiest oil on earth.

Under the European Commission proposal, oil extracted from oil sands would be deemed to emit 22 per cent more greenhouse gases than the average for crude oil.

Alberta Premier Alis winter wear for men on Redford said the province will use the breakdown of the vote to help focus its campaign on specific countries and politicians.

And experts said a decision by the UE to classify oil sands output as more carbon intensive than other forms of crude would have set a global precedent that could have curtailed growth in the oil patch.

Canada reportedly threatened a trade war with Europe over the dirty oil classification, which experts said would amount to a European ban on oil sands crude.

Environmentalist group Friends of the Earth Europe said the stalemate represents a lost opportunity.

Intense pressure from the Ca winter wear for men nadian and oil lobbies means we have missed a chance to keep highpolluting sources of fuels, such as tar sands, out of Europe, the group said in a statement. This further delays a decision on tar sands, but could represent an opportunity for a more responsible decision by environment ministers in June. winter wear for men