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1. CANADA:

Oily sludge could darken talks between Obama and Harper

Canada's conservative government, now considered this continent's climate villain among many environmentalists, is trying to spruce up its image to appeal to the environmentally minded Obama administration by publicizing a continental plan to reduce carbon. But critics are concerned that the ambitious proposal is designed to camouflage what they believe is Canada's true motive: angling for softer carbon penalties from the United States while expanding the emission-heavy production of oil from its tar sands.

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