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Clearing The Air

by Elizabeth
(Toronto, Ontario)

Problems with oil industry...

Problems with oil industry...

Canadians need to worry about mining in the Alberta’s Tar Sands. Not only has this industry destroyed huge tracts of land which serves a breeding area for around 100 million birds and as a natural habitat for many more millions of migratory birds, oil sand mining has greatly increased the amounts of harmful carbon emissions produced in our country.

With world climate talks scheduled soon for Copenhagen, Canada must do something to not only improve our reputation on the world’s environmental stage – we must act. We must not settle for dirty air and destroyed habitats. Increasingly the United States looks to Canada as a secure trading partner and a reliable source of oil and gas. As such this sector is an important source of revenue and employment. This economic opportunity, however, has come at a huge price to our environment.

What we need then is a revitalized effort to better regulate the mining industry. Canada can lead the world in green technologies by designing cleaner and less habitat damaging ways to extract the oil from the Tar Sands.

Industries must deploy the best possible available technologies and develop new ones for protection of our environment. Government then must insist on higher standards and this is where Stuff in the Air comes in.

This type of consulting firm can offer affordable realistic services that could lower emissions and prove to the world that Tar Sand mining is environmentally viable and that Canada does care about global warming and our impact on not only birds, but future generations of Canadians and citizens worldwide.

Barry's Response - This is a leadership opportunity for our country. We can run with it, and I hope we go far. Thank you, Elizabeth.

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