Rick Kargaard 
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Re: “Flying Over Alberta's Tar Sands, Evidence of Wealth and Destruction

"most environmentally devastating, mining operations."
The oilsands may be one of the largest mining operations, but hardly the most environmentally damaging compared to many many sites in The US., Russia, and the rest of the world.
At least Alberta has a reputation of cleaning up after itself.

Posted by Rick Kargaard on 07/16/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Expert: Environmental Impact of Alberta Tar Sands 'Horrible'

The oilsands can be visually shocking, just as any mining operation anywhere in the world.
However, drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has caused massive environmental damage that cannot be remediated but is largley out of sight.
The Bakken in North Dakota is flaring vast amounts of natural gas, polluting the air and adding vast amounts of greenhouse gases. This is damage that is hard to see a few miles from the source.
The U.S. allows fracking with virtually no oversight. But then you can't really see the pollution of underground aquifers.
Ocean transport of crude oil from the middle east and Alaska has suffered spills that are hugely damaging but often out of sight.
War and civil unrest in oil producing countries cause tremendous environmental impacts. An example would be the burning of Kuwait.
The oil sands looks like a better choice

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Posted by Rick Kargaard on 07/16/2014 at 8:57 AM

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