Canadian Tar Sands: Why We Should Take Advantage Of Them

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Bakx, Kyle. “New titanium industry could grow out of oilsands waste.” cbcnews, 21 Mar 2018, http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/titanium-oilsands-cnrl-titaniumcorp-1.4584513. Accessed 21 Mar 2018. ///////////////// “‘Ethical oil’ campaign polishes oilsands image.” cbcnews, 29 Jul 2011, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ethical-oil-campaign-polishes-oilsands-image-1.986209. Accessed 22 Mar 2018. //////////////////////////// Honarvar, Afshin, et al. Economic Impacts of New Oil Sands Projects in Alberta (2010-2035). Canadian Energy Research Institute, 2011. http://www.americanpetroleuminstitute.net/~/media/Files/News/2011/Economic_Impacts_of_New_Oil_Sands_Projects_Alberta.pdf. Accessed 20 Mar 2018. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Sweeny, Alastair, and Inc ebrary. Black Bonanza: Alberta’s Oil Sands and the Race to Secure North America’s Energy Future. Etobicoke, Ont.: J. Wiley & Sons Canada, 2010. Web.

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  • If there was a slice of cake sitting in front of you, would you starve yourself and just let it sit there, or would you eat it? 
  • The Canadian Tar Sands are the world's slice of cake, and we need to take advantage of them because they benefit the U.S economy, they come from an ethical country, and people are constantly reducing the environmental effects.
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  • Additionally, thanks to the Alberta tar sands, 1,085 jobs will be created and maintained in the U.S from 2021 to 2025 (Honarvar).
  • The Canadian Tar Sands benefit the U.S due to the Free Trade Agreement, which states that the U.S will receive a guaranteed amount of oil from Canada at a guaranteed price (Sweeny).
  • Canadian oil is "ethical" compared to "conflict" oil from countries like Saudia Arabia which have repressive governments ("'Ethical Oil'...")
  • Wouldn't we rather get our oil from a country that treats its people well?
  • Producers often use steam assisted gravity drainage , which lessens the need for water and energy (Sweeny).
  • Engineers have developed the technology to extract metals from the waste generated from the oil sands. So, the metals don't head to the tailing ponds, thus reducing the environmental impact (Bakx).
  • In fact, coal production releases 44 times more CO2 than the tar sands do (Sweeny)!
  • On top of it all, extracting oil from the Canadian tar sands is not the worst contributor to CO2 emissions like some people claim. 
  • The Canadian Tar Sands are there for the taking, so we might as well utilize them, especially since they benefit the United States, they don't fund "conflict" countries, and the environmental damage is not that extreme thanks to technology .
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