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Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“The oilsands are one of many pieces of the U.S. energy security puzzle—a broader US strategy must focus on cutting oil consumption (both at home and globally), ensuring access to resources along with wellfunctioning markets, and promoting alternatives to oil.”

“The Canadian Oil Sands: Energy Security vs. Climate Change,”, May 7, 2009


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