19 Aug '11, 7pm

To end the age of fossil fuels, try learning to speak its language

To end the age of fossil fuels, try learning to speak its language

But what of the argument, made by NASA’s James Hansen, that “unconventional fossil fuels, such as tar sands, must be left in the ground”? Is the point of the protest that Keystone is wrongheaded, or that oil production in Alberta must cease entirely? And if the latter, then how do we begin to differentiate it from other arms of the industry – especially since most of the major players in Alberta also drill oil in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea and the Niger Delta and the Amazon? Are we to assume that it’s permissable for Shell to carry on with its (horrifically destructive ) work in the Niger Delta but not in the boreal forest of northern Alberta? That a company like Calgary-based Cenovus can continue drilling for natural gas as long as it ceases its tar sands operations? As we move from the pipeline to the industry as a whole, we arrive at much more varied and compl...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/to-end-the-...

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