I have that Wendell quote in my kitchen. It nudges me to take every last scrap for compost and to allocate time to flip it on Saturdays. I don’t know what tar sand is but if I did, I would stop using it.
What a lovely connection, Tammy – I can imagine this quote in your kitchen, inspiring you on a daily basis!
The Alberta tar sands is the largest industrial project on the planet – they’ve been called Canada’s “Avatar” sands because of their pollution and their impact on indigenous peoples. They cover an area of 140,000 sq kilometres (the size of England) in the Canadian province of Alberta where the boreal forest is being scraped off to expose sand mixed with bitumen (an oil product). What you see in the photo above is what is left after the mining of the bitumen. The process also pollutes the water, leaving toxic tailings ponds large enough to be seen in space.
The tar sands are why the Keystone XL pipeline is being built through your nation’s heartland (and the Ogalala Aquifer) and Dr James Hansen from NASA have called them a “climate bomb”. Here’s a short video on them, in case you want to know more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkwoRivP17A&feature=player_embedded
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