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Oil Sands Love Line Video Spoofs Chen Weidong's 'Single Women' Comparison

11/19/2012 03:55 EST | Updated 11/19/2012 03:56 EST

A plucky video posted on YouTube Monday spoofs comments by a Chinese oil researcher that compared the oil sands to single women.

"Call the Tar Sands Love Line" is a satirical dating service video like the ones that play on late night cable. The video takes images of oil platforms and overlays them with a voiceover that portrays the oil sands as a lover hoping for a mate.

It then shows widely criticized comments by Chen Weidong, chief energy researcher at the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company's (CNOOC) Energy Economics Institute.

"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 It will be the same for the oil sands, they will be outdated just like unmarried single women," Weidong told the Canada-China Forum on Energy and the Environment.

The spoof video jokingly advises natural resources to "Call Now" if they experience symptoms of "shrewishness, old maidery, spinsterism" or "fallow pipeline tubes."

The video comes from Deep Rogue Ram, which has also produced humourous "Conservative Hinterland" videos.

This isn't the first time that controversial claims about the oil sands have drawn a swift response online.

Enbridge released a video in August about its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project that omitted several islands from the Douglas Channel.

In response, a B.C.-based production company released "This is Not an Enbridge Animation" that contained images of various locations that the Northern Gateway pipeline would cross, if it were approved.

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