As Tar Sands production steadily increases it is news of hunger strikes by Indigenous Americans of the Lakota Nation. and the emergence of the 3rd global supply line to the east, that reminds us that this activity must stop. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkistner/in_the_dakotas_members_of.html#.T39FMuI5opI.twitter
Details have been released of a proposal to export tar sands oil from the east coast of America. Strong opposition met the proposed Keystone XL pipeline through the U.S. although a “section” of the pipeline has ominously been approved by Obama. The western route through the pristine Great Bear National Park on Canada’s west coast must be seen as the least possible option. The 3rd option is a doozy. Why build a pipeline when you have a leaky old one there already ? Opposition is beginning to mount within Canada and the U.S. as the pernicious nature of tar sands oil and its destructive planetary potential – emissions from Tar Sands oil are 20% greater than “conventional” oil emissions, due to the highly energy intensive processing of tar sands. http://blog.nwf.org/2012/04/speak-up-now-help-stop-big-oils-tar-sands-agenda-for-new-england/
See previous Tar Sands posts
A “global” petition has been set up by AVAAZ to send to the Canadian government at https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_Enbridges_Northern_Gateway_pipeline/sign/
A new documentary “White Water, Black Gold”, is now being screened throughout Canada http://www.whitewaterblackgold.com/. Here is a trailer.
Desmogblog http://www.desmogblog.com/ has produced a film showing the silent damage to wildlife, including wolf culls and decreasing caribou numbers due to tar sands encroachment of habitat. It also highlughts the ridiculous “ethical oil” campaign, the film is called “Cry Wolf”.