SHIFTING SANDS: A European Union committee failed to reach a decision on labeling oil sands crude as contributing more to climate change than other crude. The proposal is vigorously opposed by Canada, which has lots of oil sands.
SLIPPERY SLOPE: Canada threatened to take the EU to the World Trade Organization if it singled out oil sands as worse for the environment. The EU's executive branch contends that science justifies its proposal.
STILL IN THE AIR: The proposal will ultimately be decided by environment ministers of EU member countries. a decision Is expected by June.