Something even the outstanding band Radiohead speaks out against in public must be important, right? The tar sand project is showing just how big our need for oil is and how little we care about the environment.
if you are thinking: What were tar sands again? I will quickly explain you. Tar sands are a “mixture of sand, clay, water, and a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum.” The largest quantities can be found in Venezuela and Canada. Since it is really hard to retrieve the oil from the sands it was not considered part of the oil reserves until recently. Since we are running low on oil the industry has reconsidered.
So good so far. Now, what is the problem with those sands? Let us see what Greenpeace Canada says about tar sands:
“The tar sands are huge deposits of bitumen, a tar-like substance that’s turned into oil through complex and energy-intensive processes that cause widespread environmental damage — polluting the Athabasca River, lacing the air with toxins and turning farmland into wasteland. Large areas of the Boreal Forest are being clearcut to make way for development in the tar sands, the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.” Besides they are reporting large health concerns like growing numbers of cancer in the area.
Voices are speaking up against this kind of oil production in the United States. What they are protesting against is the building of a huge pipeline which brings the Canadian tar sands oil to refineries in Texas. Starting from today there will be a two week rally. Planned are Sit-ins at the White House this month and even a concert on the upcoming weekend. Let us hope their voices are heard.