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It is easy for Canadians to assume that they have an almost endless supply of clean, fresh water. After all, we're often told that Canada has some 20% of the world's total freshwater resources. However, less than half of this water -- about 7% of the global supply -- is "renewable". Most of it is fossil water retained in lakes, underground aquifers, and glaciers.
For Canada's 30 million people -- about half a percent of the world's population -- this is still a generous endowment. But, more than half of this water drains northward into the Arctic Ocean and Hudson Bay. As a result, it is unavailable to the 85% of the Canadian population who live along the country's southern border. That means the remaining supply, while still abundant, is heavily used and often overly stressed.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
If you're disgusted by the state of Alberta and the 'oil sands' operations, take a look at those who own it - the largest non-Canadian owners are the Kochs. The Rosatom (a Russian company)-Uranium One (a Canadian company) deal is laid out here: Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal The Canadian company that became Uranium One were major donors to the Clinton Foundation. Rosatom bought them out. Alluding that any of these players had anything to do with the wildfires is baseless at best.
Elevated levels of arsenic, cadmium, mercury, selenium and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were found in a variety of animals that indigenous groups depend on for food — such as moose, muskrats, ducks, beavers and fish, according to the report. Indigenous populations are especially vulnerable to these impacts because of the close link between their livelihoods and the environment.
"The oil sands fracking pads dominate the landscape in Alberta. "
originally posted by: lightedhype
But but but oil is the answer right? All those other forms of energy are a scam put out there by Al Gore right? What a freaking joke.
Engines can run on literally anything. And over 100 years later they still have the world running on the same crap invented back then. It is sickening. Those pictures disturb me. Props to the above poster for leaving that job. Screw working for big oil for dollars.
originally posted by: stolencar18
a reply to: dreamingawake
You do realize that there was (is) oil literally seeping through the muskeg in many places around Fort Mac right? Entirely natural. Been happening since before man ever came. And the rivers? Covered in oil slicks before any oil companies every moved in.
I suggest you petition mother nature, or whatever deity you believe in, to pay for the damage done, rather than oil companies that operate in the most restricted, heavily regulated, expensive, and clean operation on earth.
You know, the only reason people like the ones that fill this thread don't go complain about the real polluters - Nigeria, Mexico, Sudan, etc - is because they don't have the balls to. Canada welcomes people coming in to see the real beauty, and a drawback is we also open the doors to keyboard warriors who don't know what they're talking about. If you want to man up and fight evil, go protest in one of those countries. See what happens.
No they don't. For one, the oil sands are in the north east corner, most of Alberta is covered in farmland and forest.