Canadian Oil Sands & the Keystone XL Pipeline
Why is the development of CANADIAN OILS SANDS* such an urgent issue? Two main reasons.
2. Global warming. If we are to avoid climate catastrophe, we must avoid burning "unconventional fossil fuels." The oil found in tar sands (or oil sands) is a prime example. And the tar sands deposits are huge. For information on the climate change implications of the Alberta tar sands, click here.
What is the KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE, and why do so many oppose it?
It is a proposed pipeline to run all the way from northern Alberta, Canada, to Texas. It is designed to transport the "dirtiest oil in the world" for and thus facilitate the further expansions of the "most destructive environmental project in the world," the Canadian oil sands. But President Obama has to approve the project--it is uncertain what he will decide and he is facing enormous pressure from those who profit from oil sands production.
Click here to find out more about the nature and implications of the Keystone XL pipeline and what actions are being taken to oppose it.
* The Canadian oil sands, or tar sands, are also called the Alberta oil sands (tar sands) and the Athabasca oils sands (tar sands).