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There's No Hiding From Tar Sands Oil


Environment  (tags: Keystone XL Pipeline, obama, politics, activism, protests, environment, destruction, protection, nature, ecosystems, humans, pollution, conservation, wildlife, GoodNews )

Cal
- 1075 days ago - motherjones.com
Keystone XL pipeline or no, America is awash with the dirty oil from Canada. Here's our interactive map revealing the refineries near you.



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Sue H. (7)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 3:24 pm
Wow and Yikes.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:07 pm
Why in the world do citizens have to put up with the deadly "side effects" of greedy enterprises? The article states: "A December 2010 Sierra Club report linked tar sands refineries emissions to prenatal brain damage, asthma, and emphysema, and it also suggested a disproportionate placement of tar sands refineries in low-income minority neighborhoods." What gives corporations the right to poison everyone's air and water? It also states: "Projections from Canada's environmental ministry point to an estimated 740,000 acres of boreal forest being chopped down over the next decade to make way for tar sands development, and some estimates peg the carbon footprint of tar sands oil extraction at up to 70 percent higher than other crude oil sources."

The production of tar sands oil produces emissions and by-products that are harmful to human health, and it is the worst oil-producing process in terms of its negative impact on the environment. No one should be surprised by the fact that those who will benefit most from the production of tar sands oil are oil companies and their shareholders!
 

ellen m. (222)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:36 pm
If Obama doesn't kill this, I swear he'll be thrown out of the Whitehouse on a mile long slip-n-slide lubed with this stuff.
And there will be no place for him to hide either.
And thats not even going into the riots it will cause
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:03 am
Susanne, other sources show that the modern technology of tar sands is less bad for the environment, than usual oil drill practices in many developing countries. Forests are re-planted, and natives benefit greatly from the program.

Canada will develop the tar sands, and the only question for now is who will be the buyer, US or Asia.

I don't think choosing Saudi oil over Canadian is in US interests.
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:31 am
noted, thanks!
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:31 am
We need to reduce oil usage and move to solar, wind, geo thermal, and ocean turbin power. It's our only chance, but we just keep fracking and drilling and squeezing all we can so we can pollute and destroy our planet at the fastest pace possible!! What is wrong with our world leaders? The answer is they are all greedy selfish power hungry bastards who don't give a damn about any one but theselves. Thay can't all be that ignorant. They are smart, but selfish.
 

Bee S. (226)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:29 pm
Thank you, Cal, for this so important one.
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:38 pm
I think it's worth checking whether poison in the ecosystem is caused by the drilling or occurs naturally. I have heard that before any human intervention, oil, methane, etc. in the tar sands would come up to the surface and damage the ecosystem on their own. In light of the EPA finding in the U.S. shale extraction-operations, which was found to have ignored that methane pockets in the area occur naturally and blamed the oil-extraction for all the methane it found, I think it is worth investigating whether the oil-extraction in the tar-sands is damaging or actually cleaning the ecosystem there.

The problem is that the standards are based on the health of the ecosystem, not on the impact of the human activity.
 

Rose K. (0)
Friday December 16, 2011, 1:10 pm
noted
 

Dave C. (224)
Friday December 16, 2011, 2:25 pm
this is just one reason we totally need to get off of liquid energy sources...coal,too....and create an clean energy future...unfortunately, those who have the ability to lead this ($) don't have the will because it will cost them ($) in the short-term....
 

Gary C. (5)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:06 pm
Noted thankyou....
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Friday December 16, 2011, 7:41 pm
"tar sands oil was already ubiquitous in America: It goes to fuel our cars and corporations' trucking fleets, and it's used in the production of products from aluminum cans to asphalt."

Shameful.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 6:16 am
Noted.
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Monday December 26, 2011, 9:47 pm
Noted with sadness!
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Thursday February 2, 2012, 6:50 pm
Noted!
 

yana dimitrova (37)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 9:54 am
Thank you.
 
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