— The Erimtan Angle —

In the Digital Journal, Grace Visconti writes that on “November 16, 2013, thousands of Canadians will gather including environmental organizations, community groups, and First Nations for the ‘Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities’ national day of action to protest pipeline expansion. The purpose of the national day of action is a last push before pipelines are approved, expanding the ‘reckless’ tar sands expansion and ‘runaway climate change’ according to Leadnow, an independent advocacy organization that brings generations of Canadians and First Nations together to achieve progress through democracy by protecting the environment”.[1]

“Leadnow urges, ‘Over the coming weeks and months, our federal government will make decisions about tar sands pipelines that would do permanent damage to our communities and push the world toward runaway climate change’”.[2]  And getting down to the nitty-gritty, Visconti simply declares that “[r]egarding the scope of the tar sands development area, the Government of Alberta has approved more than 100 tar sands projects covering 92,000 square km of northern Boreal forest with another 100 projects to come taking up an additional 50,000 square km in the area, that in comparison is the total size of Florida. Foreign owned oil corporations control 71 percent of the industry according to ‘Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities’ information. The effects of climate change will be devastating especially if the temperature rises by 6 degrees celcius”.[3]  The huge Tar Sands project has been underway for quite some time now, as has the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which aims to transport Canada’s dirty oil to Florida where it will be shipped off to high-bidding third parties.

Late in 2010, I wrote somewhere else regarding Canada’s Tar Sands that the “realization [(that we have entered an) era of decreasing underground stocks of crude oil] has led to the search for alternative sources of crude. The two most extreme examples that spring to mind are Canada’s Tar Sands and deep offshore oil drilling. In rural Alberta (Canada), deposits of hydrocarbon-laced sandstone known as Tar Sands are currently being developed for export to the US. But extracting oil from these Tar Sands is neither easy nor is it clean. In Mother Jones, Dave Gilson reported that ‘for every barrel of oil produced from the tar sands, another two of toxic waste are left behind’. The United States imports roughly 20 percent of its foreign oil from Canada and about half of that comes from Tar Sands. Whereas the environmental impact on rural Alberta has already led to many angry locals and action groups extraction continues unabated”.[4]  As for the Keystone XL Pipeline, protestors of the project describe it as: “A fifteen hundred mile fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the continent, a way to make it easier and faster to trigger the final overheating of our planet”.[5]  Continuing in the same vein, Truthout’s Richard Smith recently declared that “a sense of dread spread around the world – not only among climate scientists” when, “on May 10, 2013, scientists at Mauna Loa Observatory on the big island of Hawaii announced that global CO2 emissions had crossed a threshold at 400 parts per million for the first time in millions of years”.[6]


[1] Grace C. Visconti, “Op-Ed: Defend our climate, Defend our communities protest on November 16” Digital Journal (November 2013). http://digitaljournal.com/article/361898.

[2] Grace C. Visconti, “Op-Ed: Defend our climate”.

[3] Grace C. Visconti, “Op-Ed: Defend our climate”.

[4] “Alternative Sources of Energy: Tar Sands in Canada” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (25 December 2010). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/alternative-sources-of-energy-tar-sands-in-canada/.

[5] “Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline: Protest Continues Despite Irene” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (27 August 2011). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/tar-sands-and-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-protest-continues-despite-irene/.

[6] Richard Smith, “Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth: Six Theses on Saving the Humans” Truthout (10 November 2013). http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/19872-capitalism-and-the-destruction-of-life-on-earth-six-theses-on-saving-the-humans.

Comments on: "Tar Sands Protests: 16 November 2013" (1)

  1. sitanbul said:

    Tar Sands Update: Fighting Tar Sands In New England | Asher Platts | Resistance Report (21 November 2013)

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