Oil sands similes

2012-04-17

in Canada, Economics, Politics, Rants, Science, The environment

  • Exploiting the oil sands is like drinking seawater, when you are already dangerously dehydrated.
  • It’s like starting up a smoky old kerosene lantern aboard a space station that is rapidly running out of air.
  • It’s like giving more whiskey to the already-drunk guide who is paddling our canoe over Niagara Falls.

And yet, huge expansion plans are being implemented. The fact that is is profitable has led us to ignore the fact that it is incredibly reckless, as well as an act of violence directed against vulnerable people and future generations.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

alena April 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Exploiting the tar sands is like cutting of the top branch of a tree while sitting on it.

Sasha April 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Nice one mom!

oleh April 18, 2012 at 5:08 am

Interesting quote Milan put on Twitter from CEO of BP (British Petroleum) in 1997: “It would be unwise and potentially dangerous to ignore the mounting concern. We must now focus on what can and should be done, not because we can be certain climate change is happening, but because the possibility cannot be ignored.”

anon April 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

Exploiting the tar sands is like inheriting a beautiful Swiss watch and choosing to pry it open to sell the gears.

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