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Tar Sands - The Selling of Alberta

Discussion in 'Documentaries & Movies' started by ungovernable, May 28, 2010.

  1. ungovernable

    ungovernableAutonome Staff Member Uploader Admin Team Experienced member




    Aug 21, 2009
    Male, 34 years old
    Canada United States
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    Tar Sands: The Selling of Alberta captures the intersecting storylines of
    a remarkable cast of characters eager to cash in on the oil boom in Fort
    McMurray, Alberta. Washington lobbyists, Newfie pipefitters, Chinese investors
    and Norwegian industrialists descend on tar-soaked "Fort McMoney", a modern-day
    Eldorado, where rents are sky rocketing and cocaine abuse is four times the
    provincial average. Up for grabs - a stake in a $100 billion energy bonanza
    and Canada's economic sovereignty.

    This hour-length documentary, commissioned by the CBC, tracks the growth of
    the world's largest reserve of 'unconventional' oil. This Florida-sized
    "environmental sacrifice zone" has become Canada's contribution to U.S. energy
    security in the post-9/11 world. Yet, for many, the tar sands are a global
    warming disaster.

    As Fort McMurray bursts at the seams, children from Thunder Bay to Cape Breton
    are made tar-sands orphans by their migrant-worker parents. Canada's
    petrodollar breaks the back of the manufacturing economy in the East. Cancer
    rates skyrocket downstream of Fort McMurray while Rocky Mountain glaciers melt
    and disappear. And all the while, Alberta crude goes south to U.S. markets
    while Eastern Canada pays ever more for insecure Middle East oil.

  2. nodz

    nodzExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Apr 4, 2010
    Never quite understood this. Canada has large oil reserves of it's own yet buys middle Eastern oil. I think this is the same in Australia, it buys and sells its oil based on Singapore (I think) crude prices. We pay about triple what we should be paying for petrol due to the highly marked up prices and the enormous government tax on it