Is there an alternative to extracting the bitumen sands?

I only just came across it, but back in January CBC News asked a bold question: can the oil sands be phased out?


Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

One thought on “Is there an alternative to extracting the bitumen sands?”

  1. The CBC piece reaches a fatalistic conclusion:

    “The phase-out of the oilsands will be driven by global geopolitics, markets and technology,” said Johnston. “And governments, whether they be in Edmonton or Ottawa, will be a marginal player in that story.”

    If this sort of reasoning is sound, governments in general can’t do much to determine what the future will be like, making activism and advocacy pointless.

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