20 Aug '11, 5pm

Tar sands utterly suck. No big surprise but how ****ing short sighted can we get?

Tar sands utterly suck. No big surprise but how ****ing short sighted can we get?

Environmental Defence just released a new report on the Alberta Oil Sands, calling it the most destructive project on Earth. DeSmogblog gleaned some facts from it: -Oil sands mining is licensed to use twice the amount of fresh water that the entire city of Calgary uses in a year. -At least 90% of the fresh water used in the oil sands ends up in ends up in tailing ponds so toxic that propane cannons are used to keep ducks from landing. -Processing the oil sands uses enough natural gas in a day to heat 3 million homes. -The toxic tailing ponds are considered one of the largest human-made structures in the world. -The ponds span 50 square kilometers and can be seen from space. -Producing a barrel of oil from the oil sands produces three times more greenhouse gas emissions than a barrel of conventional oil. All to keep up the happy motoring!

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