For a Taste of the Tar Sands

Refining oil from tar sands has been a relevant topic being profiled throughout workshops and panels here at Power Shift ’09.  More of the United States’ oil imports come from Canada (2 million barrels a day) than Saudi Arabia (1.3 million), according to the Energy Information Administration. Canada’s oil industry is fueled by the Alberta Tar Sands, accounting for 47% of produced oil in Canada. The oil sands cover an area the size of Florida and are an environmental disaster that is impacting people across the country.

This video is but a snapshot of the tar sands and the issues they entail:

For more information from all areas, or to join up with organizations working on solutions to the tar sands, check out the following links:

Alberta Geological Survey

Government of Alberta – Our Business: Oil Sands

Tree Hugger: Oil Sands Via Google Earth

Tar Sands Watch: Polaris Institute’s Energy Program

Obama2Canada: Tar Sands Don’t Fit in a New Energy Economy

Indigenous Environmental Network

Oil Sands Truth: Shut Down the Tar Sands 


Please feel free to add more useful links by commenting below.

1 Response to “For a Taste of the Tar Sands”

  1. 1 R Margolis Mar 3rd, 2009 at 9:50 am

    This sounds like another replay of history. I recall the effort on James Bay 2 and how folks in the US thought they would get all of their power from Canadian hydro. The Cree were successful in stopping James Bay 2.

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