The perception of Aboriginal Health and Canada’s failure to protect the environment regarding Alberta’s oilsands production is leaving a foul taste in the mouths of many Americans and turning them off from purchasing Canadian oil.

While oilsands production is slated to double in the coming decade to meet the increasing global demand for oil, illness among Canada’s Aboriginal communities has become a hot topic in the US.

According to the Edmonton Journal, Canada has told its diplomats that this has become a major obstacle in promoting Canadian oil.

In documents obtained by the Edmonton Journal, the government has told its envoys that this has resulted in a growing opposition in US to oilsands development.