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Rejecting the National Interest

oil sands  keystone xl  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 18, 2012

I just read the best argument for the Keystone XL pipeline this morning:

“… the addition of crude oil pipeline capacity between Canada and the United States will advance a number of strategic interests of the United States. These included increasing the diversity of available supplies among the United States’ worldwide crude oil sources in a time of considerable political tension in other major oil producing countries and regions; shortening the transportation pathway for crude oil supplies; and increasing crude oil supplies from a major non-Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries producer.

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Photos and Context on Oil Sands

canadian oil sands  oil sands  reclamation  tailing ponds 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 3, 2012

From a post on the Climate Progress website (cross-posted on Grist), on the environmental effects of Canadian oil sands production:

“Extraction of Alberta's energy-intensive tar sands has expanded steadily in recent years, with about 232 square miles now exposed by mining operations. Tar-sands production is expected to double over the next decade, which could mean the destruction of 740,000 acres of boreal forest …”

The post includes photo comparisons – purportedly depicting the before and after of oil sands development. It looks/sounds dreadful. One commenter to the site writes, “What a beautiful country it was …”

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