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Here’s what Canada’s tar sands oil production looks like

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clipped from www.treehugger.com

tar sands before after national geographic march 2009
Before and after: the Alberta tar sands in the March 2009 issue of National Geographic (Photo: Peter Essick)
Oil sands represent a decision point for North America and the world,” says Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute, a moderate and widely respected Canadian environmental group. “Are we going to get serious about alternative energy, or are we going to go down the unconventional-oil track? The fact that we’re willing to move four tons of earth for a single barrel really shows that the world is running out of easy oil.
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Good point.

[h/t Deb2012]


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March 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm

How would drilling offshore affect oil supplies?

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Clamor is on the rise from the right about how drilling for oil along the US coasts would increase supplies and lower gas prices.  But what would we really get?
Juan Cole posted this outstanding graphic to make it clear. Look for the dark blue (you may need to look closely!) to see it. A few salient details follow.
clipped from www.juancole.com

Millions of barrels of oil a day produced by US and by world, with McCain’s proposed increase through offshore drilling. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 19, 2008 at 5:19 pm

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Selling snake-oil to the Christian right?

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Many of my colleagues are pretty sure that Muslim extremists are planning all-out war on the USA. Some have attended conventions (with names along the lines of “Conference on the Christian Family) where well-known guest speakers made the case that Islam is inherently against us. Some have 20th-century eschatological views that hold war to be inevitable, and a necessary step toward the return of Jesus Christ. John Hagee, a preacher who advocates that view, has had considerable influence in Washington, D.C.

Now it appears that three of the better-known authorities may be hucksters. Consider these excerpts from a story called Snake Oil Sellers of the Christian Right? from the Inter Press Service, reprinted in CommonDreams:

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (IPS) – The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs came under heavy criticism earlier this month from Muslim and religious freedom advocacy groups after it invited to a conference three self-professed “former terrorists” with strong links to the Christian right. […]0222 06

Collectively known as the “3-X Terrorists”, Walid Shoebat, Kamel Saleem and Zacharia Anani are front line soldiers in the U.S. “culture wars” […]

To supporters, the 3-X represent “moderate” voices; they are self-professed Muslim extremists who converted to evangelical Christianity and are now exposing Islam for what it really is. To critics, they are frauds, accused of fabricating much of their past exploits as mass murderers in order to peddle their Islamophobia on the lecture circuit and on cable news networks, including Fox News Corp. and CNN. […]

The relationship between the evangelical Christian Right and 3-X runs deep, with connections to Reverend John Hagee’s Christian-Zionist Christians United for Israel (CUFI), as well as Focus on the Family, Read the rest of this entry »

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February 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Alan Greenspan: it’s about oil

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AMERICA’s elder statesman of finance, Alan Greenspan, has shaken the White House by declaring that the prime motive for the war in Iraq was oil.In his long-awaited memoir, to be published tomorrow, Greenspan, a Republican whose 18-year tenure as head of the US Federal Reserve was widely admired, will also deliver a stinging critique of President George W Bush’s economic policies.However, it is his view on the motive for the 2003 Iraq invasion that is likely to provoke the most controversy. “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil,” he says.Greenspan, 81, is understood to believe that Saddam Hussein posed a threat to the security of oil supplies in the Middle East.
Britain and America have always insisted the war had nothing to do with oil. Bush said the aim was to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction and end Saddam’s support for terrorism

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Amazing.


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September 19, 2007 at 12:30 am

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A Guide to the Iraq Oil Law

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Many have suspicions about Big Oil, President Bush, and the Iraq Oil Law, but facts have been hard to find. Here’s an excellent guide to who, what, and why; especially why the Iraq Oil law is not mainly about the Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds sharing revenues, but about mainly-US corporate oil giants gaining control of the oil resources of the Iraqi people.

In theory, such arrangements protect the host nation from loss. Corporations are given big profits in exchange for bearing the risk that exploration and development come up empty.

What’s the chance of that happening in Iraq?

It’s a serious business. I think peace in this generation is unlikely if this reprehensible plan becomes law. Might be worth signing the petition here, and emailing your government representative.

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July 29, 2007 at 4:31 pm