“Tar sands,” located north of Edmonton, releases at least three times the CO2 emissions as regular oil production procedures and will likely become North America’s single largest industrial contributor to climate change.
The Tar Sands are spreading like a Cancer from Space. VERY destructive to both the ecosystem and the atmosphere.
Look at these before/after pictures as evidence:
Now look at what this shit looks like from Space: (From The National Geographic )
Nowhere on Earth is more earth being moved these days than in the Athabasca Valley. To extract each barrel of oil from a surface mine, the industry must first cut down the forest, then remove an average of two tons of peat and dirt that lie above the oil sands layer, then two tons of the sand itself. It must heat several barrels of water to strip the bitumen from the sand and upgrade it, and afterward it discharges contaminated water into tailings ponds like the one near Mildred Lake. They now cover around 50 square miles. Last April some 500 migrating ducks mistook one of those ponds, at a newer Syncrude mine north of Fort McKay, for a hospitable stopover, landed on its oily surface, and died.
See the TED Talk about the Tar Sands.
And This Video
David Schindler, studied river water upstream and downstream of oil sands operations. It found higher than normal levels of priority pollutant metals, including lead and mercury, which are both neurotoxins.
Mr. Schindler and commercial fishermen showed off diseased, discoloured, disfigured fish caught in Lake Athabasca, downstream of the oil sands. One fish had a tumour the size of a golf ball. Another was missing part of its spine.
Even more significantly, Dr. John O’Connor – the former family physician in the Aboriginal community of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta – had insisted years ago that there was bound to be a link between health and pollution levels in the region. A few months after arriving in 2001, Dr. O’Connor noticed a disturbing set of symptoms in one of his patients: yellowed eyes, fatigue and abdominal discomfort. O’Connor’s father had exhibited eerily similar symptoms 13 years earlier, shortly before dying of an extremely rare form of cancer called cholangiocarcinoma.
Statistically, there should be only one case for every 100,000 people, and none at all for a community the size of Fort Chip, as its known to locals, with a population of only 1000. In the next few years, however, at least three residents of the town died of the disease and another two deaths are suspected to have been caused by the cancer.
Here is another video for you to watch.
Money is not everything. Even if the Alberta Tar Sands are a means of energy production in Canada, there are better, cleaner alternatives.
If you are an oil lover, there is a significant amount of oil being produced off the shore of Newfoundland that is not in the form of Tar Sands. I believe there are better alternatives to oil in it’s entirety but at least liquid oil is better than dirty sand oil.
Another alternative would be to expand our Nuclear Power Plants
Even better would be to start using natural means of energy production such asTidal Energy In Canada we have access to two oceans that we could use to produce this kind of energy. The Bay of Fundy has the highest raising tides in the world and yet they do nothing with them other than beg for tourists to come and watch them.
Another good alternative would be to use geothermal energy using some of the naturally occurring geysers.
Did you know that Canada actually produces electric cars but Canadians are not allowed to have them as they are considered illegal on the road. They have also made cars that run on hydrogen and hemp can also be used to replace oil to power automobiles.
In case you still are not convinced the Alberta Tar Sands are actually detrimental to the environment, here are a few more pictures:
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We cannot live on money. We cannot live without the ecosystem.