Tar Trek: Two BC Teenagers Take on the Tar Sands [Video]

Wed, 2011-09-28 11:10Guest
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Tar Trek: Two BC Teenagers Take on the Tar Sands [Video]

This is a guest post by our friend Heather Libby.

In my job at TckTckTck, I spend a lot of time worrying about the Alberta tar sands. I've read hundreds of articles, watched dozens of films and worked on my fair share of infographics about them. I could spend hours listing out all of the reasons why the tar sands are such a dangerous operation. And if after all that, you still didn't believe me, I'd tell you to visit them for yourself.

This summer I had the pleasure of meeting seventeen-year-old students Liam and Daniel as they prepared to spend their summer vacation in Fort McMurray doing just that. When polarizing discussions around the tar sands began to dominate the media earlier this year, Liam and Daniel convinced their parents to allow them the space to make up their own minds. The best way to do that, as Liam wisely says in the film “is to see them for ourselves.”

During their time in Fort McMurray, Liam and Daniel toured an active tar sands operation and met with working residents. They talked to a doctor at the Fort McMurray hospital treating locals and workers. They stopped off in Calgary to speak with Andrew Nikiforuk, author of a defining book about the tar sands and its impacts on Canada. The resulting 10 minute film of their experiences is equal parts thoughtful, earnest, playful and honest. Don't believe me? Watch it yourself: 

Previous Comments

Ah, to be young and idealistic again! Welcome to the ‘world’ guys!

I’m glad the kids had fun driving, flying, enjoying the conspicuous consumption that is the western lifestyle. Time to plan the next road trip boys and live the life!

And remember boys, oil is very bad!

Very informative video and kudos to the two young gentlemen who decided to see for themselves, firsthand, the damage the tar sands creates.  Most don’t give a rat’s ass about the future of the planet and care only about themselves and today.  One item I found particularly distressing is that the federal government is subsidizing the oil industry when companies like Suncor are making billions of dollars in revenue.  Want to cut down the federal deficit?  Cut these obscene subsidies.

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Oil by rail

In 2009, Matt Taibbi wrote a piece in Rolling Stone in which he described the investment bank Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” 

Apparently tar sands oil smells like money. And thus the vampire squid has found another target. As Reuters reported on August 29:

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