Robert van Waarden , an excellent photographer and friend of DeSmogBlog, has compiled this great visual essay on Canada's filthy tar sands to show people just a few of the reasons why the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline  must be rejected by the Obama administration.
Robert's photos are accompanied by quotes from First Nations' people whom he interviewed on a recent trip to the Alberta tar sands. First Nations communities living near the industrial tar sands development suffer the worst of the impacts, a fact often overlooked by the mainstream media.
View the tar sands photo essay below:
Thanks again to Robert for putting this photo essay together for DeSmogBlog. Based in Amsterdam, Robert van Waarden  is a climate change photographer and travel photographer whose work has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Canadian Geographic and elsewhere internationally.
Also check out Robert's previous visual essay on the impacts of tar sands development on indigenous culture in Canada .