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The New Boom: 60 Minutes Australia

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

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Reporter: Liam Bartlett

Producers: Nick Greenaway and Glenda Gaitz

We don’t have to tell you about the world fuel crisis, we all feel the pain every time we drive into a service station.

But here’s something you may not know.

There is an answer and part of it’s right here in our own backyard.

We are talking about shale oil.

There are huge deposits here in Australia, just waiting to be exploited.

Then there are oil sands, which are already being mined on a massive scale in the wilds of Canada.

It’s an amazing sight, this new frontier.

With tales of untold riches and untapped oil, enough to last more than a hundred years. But, as Liam Bartlett discovered, there is a catch.

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Toxic Tailings

Posted by mhudema on July 11, 2008

Toxic tailings from the tar sands

Alberta Environmental Resources Conservation Board’s new directive worse than useless.

Dateline: Monday, July 07, 2008

by Ricardo Acuña for Vue Weekly

The Alberta Government, along with their friends in the oil industry, have recently embarked on a major campaign to educate Canadians and Americans about the fact that extraction of oil from Northern Alberta’s bituminous sands is actually an environmentally friendly and ecologically sound process.

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Short Term Gain, Long Term Ecological Pain

Posted by mhudema on July 10, 2008

July 9, 2008 10:00 AM

The tar sands: Investing for short-term gain, long-term eco-disaster

India is considering investing up to $10 billion dollars in Canada’s tar sands. This is yet another case of one country wanting to make a financial killing while helping to kill a distant ecosystem. But on a small planet where pollution from one place can have an impact on a region thousands of kilometres away and our fragile atmosphere is a shared space, nations and companies must wake up to their responsibilities.

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Birds should move to Quebec – http://www.greenlivingonline.com/shelagh/?p=5

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

Birds should move to Quebec

Up the creek
Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Committee has created a new event called dodge the pathogenic disease. The popular waterfront area, False Creek, which starts on the eastern end of English Bay draws visitors and locals alike. The public promenade and shops on Granville Island are definite draws but it’s probably the marina and public moorings that are the most popular. Recreational boaters, rowers, kayakers and dragon boaters flock to the area.

Apparently False Creek has a fecal count of 2,900 per 100 millilitres of water – normally beaches are closed when it hits 200 per 100 millilitres. But since Vancouver’s Public Health says “False Creek is not classified as a Primary Contact Recreational Water Body (i.e. it is not a swimming/bathing beach)” the agency is just advising people to stay out of the water.

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Workers Wanted

Posted by mhudema on July 4, 2008

Come to Canada! But only if you’ve got a job

Stories of Canada looking to poach British citizens are wildly exaggerated. We’re only interested in professionals who can help us dig up oil

Pissed-off workers of Britain, Alberta wants YOU.

I beg your pardon? Alberta. It’s a western province of Canada. The Rockies? Edmonton? Calgary, had the Olympics in 1988? A variety of scenic spots named after various homely minor Royals of the Victorian era?

I know what will ring British bells. The tar sands. Alberta has oil, sadly mixed up with tar deep below the ground and extracting it will destroy water and land for generations to come, but never mind. Oil is the most-wanted fluid on earth next to water. Alberta has it, billions of dollars are rolling in and Alberta wants you to have a share because there aren’t enough Canadians to get the muck out of the earth.

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Time to Kick the Habit

Posted by mhudema on July 4, 2008

Kicking the habit: Headlong rush to oil shale won’t end energy woes
Tribune Editorial
Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated:07/02/2008 06:35:46 PM MDT
A junkie gets desperate when his junk runs out. He’s got to have more, and he’ll do just about anything in order to keep feeding his habit.
America is like that about oil. As our supply from foreign sources gets more expensive and rumors float around that those dealers are running out, we’re panicking, ready to trade our natural resources, even the future of the planet, for one more hit.
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More from the spin machine

Posted by mhudema on July 2, 2008

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TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. _ Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach defended his province´s development of crude from Canada´s massive oilsands Tuesday as environmentalist complaints trailed him to the Western Governors´ Association meeting in Wyoming.

Stelmach said he expects his province´s oil industry to be scrutinized because it´s the top source of imported crude oil to the United States. Alberta exported 1.35 million barrels of crude oil a day to the United States in 2006, making up 13 per cent of U.S. crude imports.

“Being the No. 1 supplier to the United States, we expect that we´ll be drawing attention, simply as a result of that,” Stelmach said.

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Mayors Stand Up to Big Oil

Posted by mhudema on June 29, 2008

U.S. Mayors Resolve to Avoid Burning Tar Sands Oil

MIAMI, Florida, June 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Miami this week adopted a resolution aimed at avoiding the use of high carbon fuels such as tar sands, liquid coal, and oil shale. The resolution encourages fuel analyses that include emissions from production, not just from burning the fuel.

The resolution calls for the creation of guidelines and purchasing standards to help mayors understand the greenhouse gas emissions of the fuels they purchase through their entire lifecycle from production through consumption.

“We don’t want to spend taxpayer dollars on fuels that make global warming worse,” said Mayor Kitty Piercy, of Eugene, Oregon, who submitted the resolution.

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Oil disquiet on the Western front

Posted by mhudema on June 29, 2008

North American media, Andrew Nikiforuk says, take for granted how much oil undermines democracy, powers our food system, feeds our drug-addled medical industry and concentrates our cities like bovine feedlots

Oil has fantastic powers: Like the genie from One Thousand and One Nights, it can grant impossible political wishes both fair and foul. This is why the U.S. oil baron John D. Rockefeller once, in a moment of reflection, called oil “the Devil’s tears,” and why Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, in a moment of exasperation, wished that Saudi Arabia had discovered water, and why the late Venezuelan writer Jose Ignacio Cabrujas, in a moment of subversion, wrote that oil can create “a culture of miracles” that erases memory.

Canadians, the newly minted inhabitants of “an emerging energy superpower,” now stand at the gas pumps cursing the price of oil and the prospect of shortened summer vacations. Yet they forget that many of our ancestors agonized about the price of slaves only 200 years ago. We too complained bitterly about the cost of feeding indentured labour, and dismissed the ugly rhetoric of abolitionists as offensive.

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Tar Sands Travel

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

Greenpeace has launched its own website to counter the greenwashing they say is being done by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

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The propoganda battle over the tar sands in Alberta heats up as Greenpeace launches a new website. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has begun a new campaign to coincide with Alberta’s “rebranding” of the tar sands, and the site, TravellingAlberta.com, is being launched as a response to that effort.

TravellingAlberta.com is counting on humour to communicate a very serious issue to Canadian and international audiences about the destructive nature of the world’s largest industrial development.

For example, the site showcases showcases some of the unique attractions that await travelers to Alberta: Black sand beaches, toxic lakes and clearcut forests. Until now, this kind of vacation destination was merely the stuff of science fiction; but now, it can be experienced first-hand.

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