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Oil Sands: Dirty, Dear, and Dangerous

September 15, 2010


The recent oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan should be a warning to Americans who remain drunk on oil, despite the Gulf coast oil disaster. It’s time to quit! The Canadian oil sand mining operations are a travesty of destruction and expense, and aging pipes and delivery systems illustrate the risk of accidents across the nation.

Americans consume at least twice as much energy per capita than any other country but Canada. We get about 5% of our imported oil from Canada’s oil sands. It doesn’t seem to matter how devastating the recent spills in Michigan and Illinois were; plans for adding two new pipelines from Canada to the U.S. continue undaunted.

It’s time for U.S. citizens to say NO to importing oil from Canadian oil sands. Americans can reduce our need for 50% of our current fossil fuel use through conservation and development of renewable energy.

We need a paradigm change and we need it soon.

photos: 1. Ed Burtynsky click here.

photo 2: Christian Science Monitor click here.

 Click here for article on pipeline development.

Click here for article on oil sands and costs of remediation.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2010 11:02 am

    Google the word Abiotic
    Seems “fossil fuels” is another lie….

    Media spin is to claim all the gas lines across America now in danger of what happened in CA, when the TRUTH is, it was hit by a meteor and the government with the “gasline fear’ is trying to set the stage for more meteors that are coming!

    The earth is without a doubt belching up all the manmade toxins poured on her…..millions of fish dying, millions of sea shells washing up on beaches in Pakistan, sink holes popping up in Kansas to name one,

  2. September 15, 2010 11:06 am

    BTW: you not allowing track backs and pings? Just curious….you are still on my friends list and when we have the same topic I’ve pinged, but not gotten any response?

  3. dubois2 permalink
    September 15, 2010 4:13 pm

    The state of Utah just approved an oil-sand project in Eastern Utah. Could this possibly be the beginning of large-scale oil-sands projects in the U.S.? I tend to think so…

  4. September 15, 2010 7:48 pm

    lisa, I thought I did allow trackbacks. I’ll have to check on that.

    yeah, lisa, things are a mess. I don’t know what is going on exactly, but it isn’t right.

  5. September 15, 2010 7:49 pm

    dubois, I have heard that and I sure hope not! I will keep my eye on this issue for sure!

  6. September 17, 2010 8:32 am

    an excellent article on tar sands. It is time to rise up and let our government know that we cannot support development of tar sands in our country, nor support the import of dirty oil from Canada. It’s the most destructive and expensive means of oil extraction. We don’t need no stinkin’ tar sands oil!

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