MYTH: Canadian greenhouse gas emissions regulations are weak and ineffective and are not strong enough to control oil sands emissions.
FACT: Unlike the United States’ other top five sources of imported crude oil, Alberta has strict regulations of emissions and monitoring of air quality. According to government data, Alberta was the first jurisdiction in North America to establish regulations requiring large industrial facilities to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. They must reduce their emissions intensity by 12 percent from 2003-2005 levels or pay carbon offsets in lieu. Notably, the oil sands region makes up only about 6.5 percent of Canada’s overall GHG emissions and approximately 0.1 percent of the world’s emissions.
 Government of Alberta, Business: Facts and Statistics
 Government of Canada, Oil Sands: A strategic resource for Canada, North America and the global market, March 2012