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Walking on oil - Alberta's Oil Sands

Walking on oil - Alberta's Oil Sands

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60 min.
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TMW Media Group
Walking on oil - Alberta's Oil Sands focuses on this potential fuel resource in Alberta, Canada, and the hazards and threats it poses to our environment. The fuel from the tar sands is thick and heavy, bound to water and sand. Extraction and refinement of the oil requires an enormous amount of energy and water, and destroys countless miles of irreplaceable forest land. Tar sands oil production creates 2 to 3 times as much greenhouse gas as production of conventional oil, thus contributing greatly to global warming. Enormous machinery is used to remove trees, rocks, soil and sand from the earth. Once the tar sands are removed, the resulting huge holes in the ground remain along with toxic, water-borne tailings.

As the Greenland ice cap melts, it may raise ocean levels by 20 feet, flooding major cities and coastlines worldwide. As a world together, we have to make the right decisions about the extraction and use of Alberta's immense oil resource.

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