06 Oct '11, 11pm

Can oil be ethical?

Can oil be ethical?

per capita emitters of greenhouse gases . Our rapidly melting permafrost releases massive amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane, amplifying our contribution to the global crisis of climate change. Alberta's tar sands require enormous amounts of energy and water to extract, further compounding Canada's already excessive emissions. Is there not an ethical component to our demand for a greater share of the Earth's atmosphere than most other nations? Rapid exploitation of Canada's tar sands — by companies from countries including the U.S., Korea, and China — is not crucial for our nation's survival or even well-being, yet we ignore the impact on the rest of the world. If that isn't unethical, I don't know what is. Climate change is already causing more extreme fires and weather events, melting glaciers and ice caps, rising sea levels, drought, floods, altered plant and ...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2011/10/...

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