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Experts on coal exports, tar sands speak at Vancouver lecture series

Two Northwest authorities on coal exports and Canadian tar sands will deliver free lectures in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 6, as part of Washington State University’s Center for Social and Environmental Justice annual series.

Eric de Place, policy director for the Sightline Institute in Seattle, will speak on the "Climate Impacts of Fossil Fuel Exports in the Pacific Northwest." de Place has written extensively on coal exports for the environmental think tank.

Ian Urquhart, associate professor of political science at the University of Alberta, will deliver a lecture on "Canada's Tar Sands: Destination Anywhere?"

Canada is the largest exporter of petroleum to the United States, and its tar sands are a controversial future source of oil. Urquhart will discuss tar sands development and environmental opposition to the tar sands.

de Place’s talk is scheduled from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. Urquhart will speak from 1:25 to 2:40 p.m.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, and is accessible via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3.

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