Have you heard of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline?

Last weekend’s predicted carmageddon was a non-event, there were no fifty mile freeway traffic jams, us folks living in Los Angeles, the car capital of the world, proved we could stay home, or take the train, and many of us voiced our disapproval at all this money being spent on a car-pool lane.

We need a subway not an extra lane for cars!

405 North

Question: Where does The United States of America get it’s oil?
Answer: Watch this clip from  60 Minutes.

The Alberta Tar sands is the “most destructive project on Earth”  not only because of the excessive global-warming pollution it spews into the air and the water which has caused rare cancers and birth defects to the people who live and work up there,  but the toxic mining is killing off the great Boreal forest (the size of Florida), obliterating migratory bird nesting grounds, and the caribou.

Cancer is so common here, more than half the people who die seem to die of cancer,” says John Rigney, who works for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Fort Chipewyan.

There have been reports of deformed fish with tumours, of muskrats found dead in their dens, of whitefish turning red.

“People from Fort Chipewyan were being hospitalised at three times the rate expected. They were sicker and there was no obvious explanation,’ said Dr Michel Sauve, a consultant physician in Fort McMurray

Clips from an interview with Celina Harpe, an elder in the Cree community of Fort Mackay  (about 40km downstream from Suncor and Syncrude plants on the Athabasca River),  where she describes the increase in cancer,  the lowering of the water levels on the river, and the disappearance of wildlife in the area.


Have you heard of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline?

The State Department is in the process of reviewing an application for this Big-Oil sponsored pipeline that would transport a million barrels a day from Alberta all the way to Texas.

In order to transport the world’s dirtiest oil 2,000 miles to refineries in Texas some of the American heartland’s most sensitive ecosystems, wildlife and drinking water supplies will be directly threatened because of toxic spills.

Photo credits: Garth Lenz
Michael Quinton/Minden Pictures
Brian Kelsey


Join me in signing the petition. Here’s the link  Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline!


Question for President Obama:  Please sir, why is your administration rushing to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline?  Have you forgotten you promised us clean energy?

I quote the NRDC:

The United States should send a clear message to Canada that they need to clean up the tar sands and protect the Boreal forest and its wildlife by saying no to this dangerous pipeline.


For more on the topic:

(1)  Elizabeth Kolbert’s November 12, 2007 article in  The New Yorker

Unconventional Crude- Canada’s synthetic-fuels boom.

The town of Fort McMurray occupies a set of irregularly spaced hillsides on either side of the Athabasca River, in northern Alberta. It has a dozen check-cashing joints, a roughly equal number of hotels, and a gaming center called the Boomtown Casino. It also has a museum devoted to the region’s most important resource, the Alberta tar sands.


(2) Oil Sands Truth – shut down the tar sands

(3) this 2009 documentary

Written and directed by Leslie Iwerks it exposes the dishonesty and greed of the Canadian and Alberta governments, and the oil companies, who all make huge profits at the expense of the environment, the wildlife, and the native communities living near the tar sands of northern Alberta.


This post is long, if you’re still with me,  two comments from the many YouTube clips I watched when writing this post.

When will we wake up the earth our forrests and water are to be treasured and treated with respect and care not to do with what we please recklessly and thoughlessly for our greed.


Pollution in fort chipewyan killing off are people when is something gonna be done about it.Oilsands Filling are pockets with money but is it really worth are native life style and are people? ask yourself that when your making lots of money and not thinking about what its doing to are land!


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10 Responses to Have you heard of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline?

  1. Amen and amen … sent my signature against the Tar SAnds in pronto. Love the NRDC .. thanks to the evisceration of the EPA, it’s one of the few trusted sources on information and environmental issues around! Thanks for a great post, Rosie!!! (and i do love birds, despite my post of today… )

    • dearrosie says:

      Welcome and thank you for signing Betty. Thank god for organizations like the NRDC 🙂

      As for your post today it’s LOL hilarious – not just the darn bird pecking at it’s reflection, but that it wouldn’t let you photograph it.

  2. souldipper says:

    This is not new, Rosie! We’ve been on our Government’s back about this for years. It’s a huge bone of contention. Obviously most Canadians are disgusted and are very vocal about it. There has to be alternatives to oil! What happens to the alternatives that we learn about on the Internet? Where do those suggestions go?

    Why aren’t all of the world’s nations grabbing these alternatives?

    It’s all about money, Rosie. For every oil company. In Alberta, most of the oil companies offices are not even Canadian!! That’s been another issue with many of us for decades.

    It’s a vicious little world of finger-pointing and profit-lining insensitves. And nations keep the demand roaring by doing just what you said…building more need for vehicles!

    It’s heart breaking and has to change. It has to…

    • dearrosie says:

      You’re right, it is all about money Amy. Unfortunately! And no one cares about the people who live downstream.

      Canada’s become the largest supplier of oil and refined products to the United States, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Mexico. Isn’t Canada’s large oil sands reserves (the largest in the world) the reason the Canadian dollar is so strong now?

  3. theonlycin says:

    This is disgusting and shocking. I have no words.

    • dearrosie says:

      It is as you say, disgusting and shocking, but for all those people dying downstream, the truth must be told.

      • Cindy says:

        Hey, where’s your museum post gone???

      • dearrosie says:

        Good lord I have no idea what happened to the post “Museum Musings: I survived the craziness by looking down”. I posted it, we all received the email that it had been posted, but I found it back in the drafts for some unknown reason so I reposted it – and didn’t get another email letting me know it had been posted because it was already posted… very crazy!
        Thanks for letting me know CIn.

  4. Priya says:

    Yes, it is about money, isn’t it?

    It’s a sad world.

    But then, there are people like you, who make a difference. I feel privileged to know a person who would like to see something done, and makes no bones about saying as much.

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