Alberta, Canada is gorgeous - boreal forest, helicopter skiing in winter for those who can afford it, land of glaciers that provide source water for many ... and the Tar Sands.
Tar Sands contain hydrocarbons (which is how they got their name). They are, like Marcellus and other shales, an "unconventional" source for fossil fuels - and their industrialized extraction is on par with mountaintop removal. Even the industry admits the land will never be recovered.
Josh Fox recently produced a short video for a "Stop the Tar Sands" campaign that shows what mining Tar Sands in Alberta looks like. It does not matter whether you are pro-gas or not, you should know where your energy comes from.
I'm not advocating that you drive to DC to protest.
I'm not advocating that you sign a gas lease.
But if we are determined to continue our dependence on fossil fuels, we must understand where our energy comes from.
Tar Sands Action/ Josh Fox from JFOX on Vimeo.