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Tar Sands in Alberta

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The tar sands of Alberta are one of the fastest growing industries in Canada. Each year, Canada's investment and production of oil is increasing meaning that more emissions are being released into the atmosphere. Even though the tar sands may be good for the economy, there are still many environmental factors to take into account as well. This paper will outline the advantages and disadvantages of Alberta's tar sands in terms of how the economy and the environment is being affected, as well as the government's position in these issues. The tar sands play a major role in the growth of Canada's economy. The reason for this is because Canada exports more oil than it imports. Oil exports to the United States have gone up by 547 percent. Because oil demands are also going up in countries like India and China, Canada is investing and producing even more oil each year. ...read more.

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As the tar sands grow in size, they use up larger amounts of water and energy, and produce tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Soon emissions will reach 2.3 million tonnes a year which is equivalent to the amount of emissions produced by more than 500, 000 typically-driven cars. By 2010, the tar sand industry will create about eight billion tons of waste as well as one billion cubic metres of waste water which is enough to fill 400 Olympic-sized swimming pools2. Further into the future, Canada may be accounted for almost 0.2 percent of the emissions produced by the world's energy industries. Other environmental impacts of the Alberta's sands include air and water pollution not only in Western Canada, but the Great Lakes in southern Ontario as well. The effects that the tar sands leave on the environment are so great making Alberta one of the biggest contributors to global warming and climate change. ...read more.

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In conclusion, the tar sands of Alberta are one of the fastest growing industries in Canada creating billions of dollars for the economy, but at the same time, tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are being released into the atmosphere. If the Canadian government doesn't take the environmental effects of the tar sands seriously, they will have to face other consequences in the future. Therefore, in addition to the economy, the government should be looking into doing more for the environment as well. Sources * Maich, Steve, "Alberta is about to get wildly rich and powerful. What will happen to Canada?" Maclean's; 6/13/2005, Vol. 118 Issue 24, p34-40. <http://web.ebscohost.com/pov/detail?vid=5&hid=9&sid=09e3d05a-0256-4178-b115-5aa8ff61e31c%40sessionmgr3&bdata=JmFtcDtsYW5nPWVuLWNhJnNpdGU9cG92LWNhbg%3d%3d#db=p3h&AN=17274610> * Toronto Star (Canada)," No balance on tar sands," Toronto Star (Canada); 06/10/2008. <http://web.ebscohost.com/pov/detail?vid=6&hid=9&sid=09e3d05a-0256-4178-b115-5aa8ff61e31c%40sessionmgr3&bdata=JmFtcDtsYW5nPWVuLWNhJnNpdGU9cG92LWNhbg%3d%3d#db=p3h&AN=6FP4032191293> * Thomas-M�ller, Clayton, "Tar Sands," Toronto Star (Canada); 11/12/2008. < http://web.ebscohost.com/pov/detail?vid=7&hid=9&sid=09e3d05a-0256-4178-b115-5aa8ff61e31c%40sessionmgr3&bdata=JmFtcDtsYW5nPWVuLWNhJnNpdGU9cG92LWNhbg%3d%3d#db=p3h&AN=31651736> 1 Maich, Steve, "Alberta is about to get wildly rich and powerful. What will happen to Canada?" Maclean's; 6/13/2005, Vol. 118 Issue 24, p34-40 2 Thomas-M�ller, Clayton, "Tar Sands," Toronto Star (Canada); 11/12/2008 3Toronto Star (Canada)," No balance on tar sands," Toronto Star (Canada); 06/10/2008 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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