Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pictorial Attempts to Demonstrate Why Many Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline

At Energy Reality, they are looking to raise money to fight the Keystone XL pipeline.  In an attempt to raise ire over the possibility of that pipeline's construction and its connection with tar sands oil production, they have several pictures on display that are designed to give a clearer view of why environmentalists have chosen this issue to take such a strong stand on.

Here is just one example:

Oil floats on the surface of an unlined tailings pond (containing waste water from tar sands processing) north of Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada.
The Alberta tar sands produce 475 million gallons of toxic waste a day (about nine times more than the amount of oil produced each day). It is estimated that the tailings ponds, which are unlined, leak nearly 3 million gallons a day. The tailings ponds kill thousands of birds (mainly ducks and waders) a year when they land on the tailings ponds, mistaking them for one of the areas many lakes.

See the whole presentation here.

What do you think of the Keystone XL debate?  Are environmentalists voicing legitimate reasons for concern and opposition, or do the economic benefits actually far outweigh any possible environmental concerns?

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