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'Slowing the Beast at its Source': Historic Climate Plan Unveiled at Tar Sands Ground Zero


'Slowing the Beast at its Source': Historic Climate Plan Unveiled at Tar Sands Ground Zero

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

The Alberta tar sands industry, for years the source of extreme environmental damage and fierce critical outrage for its contribution to global warming, on Sunday was served an enormous blow when Premier Rachel Notley announced a historic new climate change strategy.

"People slowed the beast again but this time we did it at the source," wrote Mike Hudema, Greenpeace Canada's climate and energy campaigner, celebrating the news.


Thank you and accolades to the First Nations and all the other people that contributed to slowing this beast at its source!


Now keep the remediation projects IN LOCAL HANDS with full backing and availability of expertise from indigenous peoples, hold local, state and national government the industries accountable, bring in REAL SCIENCE, academics in ecological research and their departments that were closed by earlier Canadian administrations. And hold the well being of future generations of the wise and courageous who stand their ground in sustainable balances AS PARAMOUNT against the perversion of dynamics institutionalized by the oil industry


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This sounds like progress. I think the best way to keep fossil fuels in the ground is through a rapid increase in energy efficiency and a rapid deployment of wind and solar. If people don't need fossil fuels for energy I would assume they would stay in the ground except for things like making plastic.


What is not mentioned anywhere in the article or the change in policy is the critical component of CLEAN UP of the current tar sands extraction miasma. The extracting companies and all other companies involved in the operations must be taken to task for all the environmental and ecological devastation they brought across the land. The holding ponds full of who knows how many poisons, heavy metals, and other toxins threaten rivers, lakes, streams, and soils within several miles of their sites. The clean up of those "ponds" is exigent...time is of the essence!

To view the devastation, you can view a documentary by Garth Lentz shown on TED: http://www.ted.com/talks/garth_lenz_images_of_beauty_and_devastation
You will need tissues while viewing this. Think of all the First Nations people whose lives depend on the rivers/lakes/creeks, fish, wildlife, etc. that have all been deeply and adversely affected by the tar sands extraction: cancers and other debilitating health conditions have risen precipitously among these people as a result. Harper himself should be held financially liable for his role in this travesty.


For a bird' eye view of the Alberta Tar Sands, google " Neil Young, Mother Earth ".


Welcome back, Canada. Once again, you are a beacon of sanity for North America. Hopefully, we (USA) can follow in your footsteps.


I heard an interview with a person who is the head of "The Alberta Coal Council" or some such who complained how this initiative would harm the Coal industry and what he referred to as "Real Albertans"

Here is how bad it all was under the last regime.

He was a past "Minister of the Environment" under that previous regime.


An ever so slowly the wheels of corporate greed churn to a stop. Will it be in time and enough?


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Plastics can be made out of hemp, which is legal to grow in Canada. Anything petroleum, cotton, or trees can do, HEMP CAN DO BETTER AND FAR MORE SUSTAINABLY!
But the US, and its massive corruption, still has the most amazing plant on the planet in ILLEGAL status because it competes with all of the toxic production processes. Oil for fuel and plastic, trees for paper, cotton for clothing. Cotton alone uses 50% of the world's pesticides. Industrial hemp should be produced on a major planetary scale to help heal the earth ASAP!


I was very skeptical, when Germany, as a result of the Fukushima disaster, decided to close down all their nuclear power generation plants by 2022. These plants represented a huge junk of their energy sources. But they are tuckering along just nicely and their renewable energy sources appear to take up the slack very well. Maybe Canada can accomplish something similar. :smile: