“To access oil from the tar sands,” writes Erich Pica, “giants like BP are clear-cutting massive swaths of forest, draining wetlands and hauling away tons of living matter and soil to mine a tarry substance that can be upgraded and refined into oil.
Indigenous communities living downstream are being poisoned by toxins leaching from the sludge left behind. In Fort Chipewyan, one hundred of the town’s 1,200 residents have died from rare cancers and auto-immune diseases since 2000.
Tar sands oil is called the world’s dirtiest because its production dumps three times more climate-warming emissions into the atmosphere than conventional oil. It also spews higher levels of smog- and asthma-causing toxins into the air when refined.
Opposition to a Canadian pipeline supplying the world’s dirtiest oil, indeed, might be building. You wouldn’t know it from the Obama Administration.
Having learned about campaign contributions and a free Washington apartment, this blog wants to draw comparisons between the lack of federal action on the Gulf oil disaster and permission to proceed with Business As Usual And Above All Else. The problem is there is no Serpico, no one inside to call attention to those looking the other way while pushers and the organization behind them open new markets. And, we don’t say “new” anymore, we say unconventional.
Just remember, kids, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Tried and true tobacco tactics still work.
Editor’s note: Who knows, if still on the inside image team, Honey Huan, might have objected to Chinese investment in the Alberta tar sands.
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