By Alastair Sweeny
What if Canada 's so-called environmental nightmare was once fairly an engineering triumph and the foremost to a reliable 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 worldwide pointing out it the world's worst commercial company, occasionally it kind of feels as if no stable may possibly ever come from this so-called soiled resource.But what if constructing Canada's Oil Sands was once the major to bridging the space among present petroleum-based economies and the choice energies that are not prepared for marketplace but? What if it intended putting off the specter of height Oil and delivering financial balance not only for Canada and the remainder of North the US, yet for the realm? And what if the environmental expenses of the source have been either no longer approximately as dire as a few may have you ever think, yet presently higher than many different ideas with the already making large advances in sustainability, power 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 vibrant destiny. by way of digging into the earlier, current and way forward for oil sands expertise, Sweeny cuts throughout the hype and hysteria and makes an excellent and interesting case that the Sands aren't the environmental boogeyman set to damage humanity, yet fairly our greatest wish for a really solid and sustainable destiny.
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While oilsands mining went ﬂat out, Klein and the companies also directed a whole whack of money toward oilsands research, 10 All About the Oil Sands mainly at the universities of Calgary and Alberta, but also on site, where oilsands operators invested in automating production, and in improving water recycling and heat exchange bit by bit. All this research cash soon gave birth to a raft of new technology startups that tried to exploit promising patents and innovations. The greatest of all of these new inventions was SAGD (pronounced SAG-D), which is turning into one of the key breakthroughs in energy history.
Instead, we have green evangelists urging us to accept carbon taxation as a real solution, when we should be changing to hybrid vehicles, demanding higher mileage, teleconferencing instead of using jet planes, and saving energy rather than wasting it. We have been programmed to obsess about global warming and spend fortunes on controlling minuscule temperature variations, when we should be making simple lifestyle choices to reduce pollution in general. In spite of all the spin people are exposed to today, and growing climate fatigue, there is still a deﬁnite will to improve the environmental footprint of Canada’s oilsands industry, diminish the tailings problem, and restore a scarred landscape.
14 • • • In 1882, the year Karl Benz invented the automobile, Dr. Robert Bell, new director of the Geological Survey of Canada, arrived in the Athabasca to gauge the commercial potential of the Sands. He 14 John Macoun, “Report of Progress,” Geological Survey of Canada (1875); Web Support Site, Black Bonanza Footnotes—Chapter 2. ” Hoffman concluded that it was going to be a very valuable resource one day. He thought the sands were “admirably adapted for asphalting purposes” without the need to separate the sand and bitumen.