By Stephen D'Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Joshua Kahn Russell
The struggle over the tar sands in North the USA is likely one of the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of many first that has controlled to marry really explicitly problem for frontline groups and quick neighborhood dangers with worry for the way forward for the full planet. Tar sands “development” comes with an immense environmental and human expense. yet tar sands opponents—fighting a strong foreign industry—are likened to terrorists; govt environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are hid and rushed. but, regardless of the ambitious political and fiscal strength in the back of the tar sands, many competitors are actively development overseas networks of resistance, tough pipeline plans whereas resisting threats to Indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation. together with top voices taken with the fight opposed to the tar sands, A Line within the Tar Sands deals a serious research of the influence of the tar sands and the demanding situations competitors face of their efforts to arrange powerful resistance. individuals contain Angela Carter, invoice McKibben, Brian Tokar, Christine Leclerc, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Crystal Lameman, Dave Vasey, Emily Coats, Eriel Deranger, Greg Albo, Jeremy Brecher, Jess worthy, Jesse Cardinal, Joshua Kahn Russell, Lilian Yap, Linda Capato, Macdonald Stainsby, Martin Lukacs, Matt Leonard, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Naomi Klein, Rae Breaux, Randolph Haluza-DeLay, Rex Weyler, Ryan Katz-Rosene, Sâkihitowin Awâsis, Sonia provide, Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Tyler McCreary, Winona LaDuke, and Yves Engler.
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7 At the other end of these pipeline arteries, there is a push for expanded upgrading and refining capacity, port facilities, and ocean-going tankers to widen distribution on a global scale. This colossal enterprise is driven by a confluence of transnational energy corporations and finance capital. The world’s largest oil and gas companies all have tar sands projects; banks and investment funds from around the world have increasingly joined capital based in Canada and the US. 9 Taken together, it is hard to overstate the magnitude of the economic and political power at hand.
It is clear that the race to expand the production of unconventional reserves like bitumen is tied to the decline of conventional oil and gas reserves. In addition to tar sands, this general pressure is also central to the rise of hydraulic fracturing (more commonly known as “fracking”) for “tight” oil and natural gas and the mining of kerogen shale (a bitumen-like substance), as well as increasing offshore drilling in deeper water and higher latitudes for conventional reserves. 12 The Athabasca tar sands are the world’s largest “extreme energy” frontier, both because of the size of the area and the scale of its bitumen deposits, and because the growth and technological development of the industry there is now helping to stoke the expansion of extraction in similar—though smaller—reserves around the world, in countries such as Venezuela and the United States.
He currently works with the Labor Network for Sustainability. org. Jesse Cardinal is the Coordinator of Keepers of the Athabasca, and a co-organizer and spokesperson in the Healing Walk. Angela V. Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on comparative environmental regulatory and policy regimes surrounding oil developments in key oil-dependent Canadian and American cases. Emily Coats is a campaigner with the UK Tar Sands Network, and has been involved in a number of climate justice campaigns in the UK.