Besides tragic scarring of the land, something's WRONG w/ 'Tar Sands' interpretation. They call themselves Ethical Oil, claiming China pollutes more than they do. They claim to emit 45 MT GHG per yr - nowhere near Sierra Club's estimates of their emissions: http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/tar-sands/publications/tar-sands-and-global-warming http://www.ethicaloil.org/news/myth-busting-are-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-the-oilsands-ruining-the-atmosphere/ or The Canada Emissions Trends 2012 Report.
According to the paper, we have already crossed four of nine “planetary boundaries,” which include the rate of extinction, deforestation, the alteration of the atmosphere by pouring carbon dioxide itno it, and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous from agriculture into the ocean. “What the science has shown is that human activities – economic growth, technology, consumption – are destabilizing the global environment,”
Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent February 4, 2014 In California, 17 rural areas have been identified as being the most hard-hit by the current devastating drought. Indeed, 40,000 residents are in danger of running out of water by mid-week. The State Water Project (SWP), the group charged with oversight …
Surface mining of tar sands for oil in Alberta, Canada. The tar sand deposits are usually 40-60 metres deep, between peat, sand and clay above and limestone below. The destruction of the natural environment is total.