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Tar Sands by Andrew Nikiforuk
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Jul 24, 2010

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Journalist Nikiforuk delves into the dirty-energy source that's booming in Canada but still little-known in the U.S. (even though we get an increasing percentage of our oil from it -- from Canada, our single biggest supplier of "foreign oil"!) The stuff is a goop, not drilled for but dug or even melted out using vast amounts of natural gas. It is thus the most energy-intensive source of fossil fuels to acquire, and for this and other reasons the dirtiest oil. the center of the industry, which attracts worldwide investment, is in Alberta, in the middle of Canada's otherwise largely pristine boreal forest. It's an environmental disaster, far from prying eyes, and because of lax Albertan regulations and taxation policies, as Nikiforuk goes to lengths to document, it does more environmental and even economic harm than good for the local economy. by the way, they're trying to built a north-south u.s. pipeline to more easily send this stuff to refineries in. .... the Gulf of Mexico.

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