Canada’s oil sands risks being left behind by the global energy industry if the pipelines needed to carry bitumen to the west coast do not soon materialize, a Chinese oil industry academic warned.

“It’s the same situation as the leftover single women. … It will be the same for the oil sands, they will be outdated just like unmarried single women,” Chen Weidong, the chief energy researcher at the CNOOC Energy Economics Institute, told the annual Canada-China Forum on Energy and the Environment in Beijing.

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