The Boreal Forest
Joseph Rom, theenergycollective.com
X-axis is the range of potential resource in billions of barrels. Y-axis is grams of Carbon per MegaJoule of final fuel.
On Sunday, I wrote about how Lindsey Graham had drunk the tar sands Kool-Aid: “It is less carbon intensive than oil we find in California,” extraction “really blends in with the natural habitat.”... Read more »
EDMONTON — Ed Stelmach is being accused of acting "like a star-struck teenager" as he prepares to meet with Hollywood hotshot James Cameron.
Alberta's premier says he's willing to do whatever he can, including taking a long, late-night flight on a government plane, to discuss the oilsands with Avatar director Cameron.
"Without a lot of sleep," was how Stelmach described his strategy for getting to the meeting, which Cameron has requested on the morning of Sept. 29 at the legislature.
"He's a bit of a techno-geek," Stelmach told reporters Tuesday. "This is a good opportunity to talk about the technology that's being applied in the oilsands, and appeal to his common sense, his sense of reason."... Read more »
From Total’s own admission the new open pit mine will:
Result in one and a half million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year, equivalent to putting over 270,000 cars on the road.
Destroy seven thousand hectares of land, equivalent to the 13,000 football fields, with no realistic hope of reclamation of these areas to the same natural state they were in before.
Result in the production of 12.5 billion litres of toxic tailings waste each year, and over the project life amounting to a volume large enough to fill over 100 sports stadiums, without any proven plan to keep these toxic materials from entering the region’s lands and waters.
Result in the production of 2,740 tonnes of pollution each year that causes acid rain.
EDMONTON - Last Friday, David Suzuki had a surreal meeting in his Vancouver office. Marcel Coutu, CEO of Canadian Oil Sands and chairman of the board of Syncrude, had requested an audience with Canada's best known environmentalist.
"I was going to be in Calgary, for the book tour," Suzuki said Monday in the cosy lobby of Edmonton's Sutton Place Hotel.
"I said we could get together in Calgary. But he said it couldn't wait. He asked if I could broker a truce between energy companies and environmentalists."... Read more »
FT. MCMURRAY, EDMONTON - Following a day of legal arguments, the Joint Review Panel for Total's Joslyn Mine hearing has adjourned to review a number of concerns including the Constitutional Question of Treaty Rights infringements raised by Mikisew Cree and the inadequacy of the environmental assessment provided by Total as raised by the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition.
Given the complexity of issues raised, Sierra Club Prairie commends the panel for taking its time to review the project proposal and hopes it uses this time to ensure that the environmental assessment is truly rigorous and respects treaty obligations.
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