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bliter
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posted 10 December 2007 06:59 PM      Profile for bliter   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The U.K.'s Independent sees Canada as home to: "The biggest environmental crime in history".

http://environment.independent.co.uk/article3239364.ece

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Producing crude oil from the tar sands – a heavy mixture of bitumen, water, sand and clay – found beneath more than 54,000 square miles of prime forest in northern Alberta – an area the size of England and Wales combined – generates up to four times more carbon dioxide, the principal global warming gas, than conventional drilling. The booming oil sands industry will produce 100 million tonnes of CO2 (equivalent to a fifth of the UK's entire annual emissions) a year by 2012, ensuring that Canada will miss its emission targets under the Kyoto treaty, according to environmentalist activists.

The oil rush is also scarring a wilderness landscape: millions of tonnes of plant life and top soil is scooped away in vast open-pit mines and millions of litres of water are diverted from rivers – up to five barrels of water are needed to produce a single barrel of crude and the process requires huge amounts of natural gas. The industry, which now includes all the major oil multinationals, including the Anglo-Dutch Shell and American combine Exxon-Mobil, boasts that it takes two tonnes of the raw sands to produce a single barrel of oil. BP insists it will use a less damaging extraction method, but it accepts that its investment will increase its carbon footprint.


[ 19 December 2007: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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bliter
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posted 19 December 2007 03:24 AM      Profile for bliter   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bump.

environmental justice
Discuss earth-friendly initiatives and issues here.


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Brian White
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posted 21 December 2007 05:33 PM      Profile for Brian White   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The average albertan emits over 70 tonnes of greenhouse gasses.
And we have being blaming cows and beans all along.
The truth comes out.
How harper belched and farted his way to the top.

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bliter
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posted 21 December 2007 06:39 PM      Profile for bliter   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Whether or not in agreement, it's a joy to read some of the 60-plus comments following the Independent story.

Here's one brief one:

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The people of Canada should sue their government for violating the public trust. BP should never have been issued permits allowing them to proceed with this atrocity, but the government of Canada seems to be taking their cue from the Bush Administration. SUE BP AND THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT AND BOYCOTT ALL BP PRODUCTS

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