Escalating “Quasi-ness” of Canadian Tar Sands

by Val Germann

We have commented more than once on the massive Canadian tar sands project, one that has seen Alberta pass Texas as an oil producing district. The situtation up there is about as perfect an illustration as you will find of what Eugene S. Schwartz called a “quasi-solution” to a problem. And it’s getting more “quasi” every day, as an article today on the Washington POST‘s website illustrates.

The digging — into an area the size of Maryland and Virginia combined — has proliferated at gold-rush speed, spurred by high oil prices, new technology and an unquenched U.S. thirst for the fuel. The expansion has presented ecological problems that experts thought they would have decades to resolve.

It seems that the environmental costs have been “unexpectedly high” and problems once thought to be the province of the far future are appearing right now. Well, we here at Star Phoenix Base are not surprised at what the full cost of tar sands oil are turning out to be. The answer was right there in the process itself and had to be known to many long before the first shovel of bitumen was put into a coker.

Read the POST article and remember: THIS is what the back side of the Hubbert Curve is going to look like. And it’s not pretty at all, not at all.


About Val

I am a long-time teacher of science and astronomy with a strong interest in resource conservation and the environment.
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