Stop Dirty Fuels
Stop Dirty Fuels : Tar Sands : Liquid Coal : Oil Shale
photo: David Dodge, The Pembina Institute Suncor's Millenium Oil Sands Mine east of the Athabasca River.
North America stands at an energy crossroads. As cheap, plentiful conventional oil becomes a luxury of the past, we now face a choice: to set a course for a more sustainable energy future of clean, renewable fuels, or to develop ever-dirtier sources of transportation fuel derived from fossil fuels -- at an even greater cost to our health and environment.
The United States is the world's top oil consumer and thus the primary driver behind the development of new forms of dirty transportation fuels in North America. These fuels are derived from lower-grade, difficult-to-access raw materials, including tar sands, oil shale and coal. Moving down this road has enormous consequences for the air we breathe, the water we drink, our climate, our wildlands and wildlife. NRDC is actively working to fight the infrastructure that would support increased production and use of these fuels, such as tar sands pipelines, refineries, and mining equipment transportation corridor expansions; oil shale mines; and liquid coal production facilities.
More about Dirty Fuels from
NRDC's staff blog
- First Nations Stand Strong Against Tar Sands Pipelines through BC on 3rd Anniversary of Save the Fraser Declaration
- posted by Elizabeth Shope, 12/5/13
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- posted by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, 11/21/13
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- posted by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, 11/20/13
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- Calls for action intensify at climate conference in wake of Typhoon Haiyan
- posted by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, 11/13/13
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- International Energy Agency links Keystone XL decision to significant tar sands expansion
- posted by Anthony Swift, 11/13/13
- The International Energy Agency (IEA) joined Wall Street in affirming the strong connection between ...