Gentle readers of the American Chronicle:

This article was deep in my files hidden from the world.

I am deeply sorry, but it will be Canada who will completely destroy the United States of America and the following is how we are doing it… I quote…

“It’s the Tar Sands, Stupid: Canada Home to Global Warming’s New Ground Zero

By Mitchell Anderson

The Tyee (Vancouver), December 4, 2007

Straight to the Source…

You can’t practice abstinence while running a brothel. Yet politicians of almost all stripes talk simultaneously about developing the Alberta oil sands while getting serous about reducing carbon emissions. Sound like a crock? It is.

Beyond arcane terms like “emissions trading” and “carbon credits,” climate change is actually very simple: Every time we extract ancient carbon out of the ground and burn it we are making climate change worse. The more you burn, the worse it gets.

Bearing in mind that simple truth, how much extractable oil is in the Alberta oil sands? That is one area where industry and environmentalists agree. It’s a lot — about 175 billion barrels. That is second only to the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.

Beyond this massive storehouse of ancient carbon, the additional problem with the oil sands is that is takes a colossal amount of energy to extract and refine the extremely low-grade tar deposits that cover more than 20 per cent of the Alberta landmass.

The oil sands are mostly rock and sand — only 12 per cent is bitumen. This tar must then be upgraded at enormous energy cost to synthetic crude. That process consumes about 700 million cubic feet of natural gas each day — enough to heat over 3.7 million Canadian homes. That massive waste of finite and comparatively clean natural gas is expected to triple in the next eight years. Of course there is no point in creating synthetic crude oil unless you are eventually going to burn it — that is what the oil business is all about. These “downstream” emissions are four times as great as the carbon released during oil sands production.

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