By Alastair Sweeny
What if Canada 's so-called environmental nightmare was once rather an engineering triumph and the foremost to a solid and sustainable future?For years, Canadians were listening to not anything yet undesirable information out of the Athabasca Oil Sands. From twentieth Century economists decrying it as a perpetual money-loser within the face of extra easily-extracted international oil to eco-friendly teams world wide pointing out it the world's worst business firm, occasionally it sort of feels as if no solid may ever come from this so-called soiled resource.But what if constructing Canada's Oil Sands was once the most important to bridging the distance among present petroleum-based economies and the choice energies that are not prepared for marketplace but? What if it intended taking out the specter of top Oil and offering monetary balance not only for Canada and the remainder of North the United States, yet for the area? And what if the environmental charges of the source have been either now not approximately as dire as a few may have you ever think, yet at the moment higher than many different recommendations with the already making large advances in sustainability, strength use and water reclamation?That's precisely the case that Alastair Sweeny, writer of BlackBerry Planet, argues is on the middle of the Athabasca Sands: a brilliant destiny. by means of digging into the prior, current and way forward for oil sands expertise, Sweeny cuts in the course of the hype and hysteria and makes a pretty good and fascinating case that the Sands will not be the environmental boogeyman set to break humanity, yet relatively our greatest desire for a very reliable and sustainable destiny.
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6 6 The Cree and Dene both moved into Athabasca country following the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. They sometimes warred over territory, but each regarded the other tribe as cousins. The Crees are an Algonkian people, whose legends say they originated along the Atlantic coast as far south as Virginia. The Dene or Chipewyan speak the same language as the American Apache. 30 Origins Trader Knight was a shipwright by trade. When he joined the HBC as a younger man, the company put his carpentry skills to good use repairing boats and making its fur forts as snug as well-built ships.
Blue is the new green” and blue is where the future lies. We’re a race that runs on oil. A cheap supply of energy, ﬁrst wood and wind, then coal, and now oil and gas, has given humanity a whole new way of life. With some exceptions, the Age of Oil has given us countless blessings, but the wells of fossil fuel will one day run dry. We have probably a ﬁfty-year window of security made possible by reserves like Canada’s oilsands. But even before that time, even in the next decade or two, we should be able to make what I call the Blue Shift into an abundant new energy future.
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Black Bonanza: Canada's Oil Sands and the Race to Secure North America's Energy Future by Alastair Sweeny