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The tar in his crown

As I write this our prime minister is not only failing fatally to make any decisions at the Copenhagen climate summit, but is trying to sabotage the talks as best he can. This is all because of his friends running the filthy tar sands in Alberta. In 2006 our government promised the US it would increase the oil output of the tar sands by 500% as quickly as possible. This means the US won't have to rely on those unreliable Arab countries for oil any more. This means Canada will dig up pristine forests and marshes the size of England to supply US demand. Our PM has to sabotage Copenhagen because the tar sands are already the world’s biggest single industrial source of carbon emissions. Our government has become a thug on the world stage. What are we waiting for? Let’s all phone our MPs and complain.

Thank you, Louisa, for contributing to raising awareness about what the Montreal Gazette has called the world's worst environmental disaster.

I would like to recommend the following to readers:

Andrew Nikiforuk, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent (winner of the Rachel Carson medal)

H2Oil, documentary  (2009 Hot Docs festival)

Catherine McKenna

  It took me a long time to understand the devastation the tar sands were causing to the environment. At first I thought it would be a good deal for Canada, but it has turned out to be a good deal for the USA instead. Cheap oil is hard to come by, and the only people profiting from this cheap oil are the Americans; certainly not we Canadian consumers. Two things bother me. (1) They are draining the Arthabaska river at an unruly rate and the water is not reusable. This is preposterous. (2) We are selling this oil at a price that was established in the 1980's. It is now a not for profit enterprise for the Canadian Gov't. It is an embarrassment, and the US must be rubbing their hands together and laughing all the way to their banks. Sadly, I don't think a change of Government will change anything.