Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Oh Canada

The United States imports the majority of its oil, not from the Middle East, but from Canada? Canada has one third of the world’s oil resources; it comes from the bitumen in the oil sands of Alberta. It burns more carbon than conventional oil. It destroys forests and displaces wildlife. It poisons the water supply of communities downstream and drains the Athabasca, the river that feeds Canada’s largest watershed. It’s one of the largest energy projects in the world.

Andrew Nikiforuk, a respected Canadian journalist has written Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent the definitive guide to the true costs of Alberta's tar sands.

My conversation with Andrew Nikiforuk: