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Tar Sands Art: The mining area of the tar sands is as big as all of England and the tar sands oil production releases five times more greenhouse gases than conventional oil production. As Peter Mettler (film: Petropolis) explains, getting the oil out of the tar sands uses roughly as much water as a city of two million people. Afterwards, 90 per cent of this water is so contaminated with toxic chemicals that it must be stored in tailings ponds so huge that they can be seen from outer space.
This is the Alberta tar sands in Canada. To get a barrel of oil requires 4 barrels of fresh water and enough natural gas to heat a house for 4 days ~ and that's BEFORE it has to be refined to gasoline. Mining it destroys the environment, it's an ecological disaster waiting to happen, and it won't cause our pump prices to change one bit. - From Beth Waltz.