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Stop Dirty Fuels : Tar Sands : Liquid Coal : Oil Shale

Suncor's Millenium Oil Sands Mine east of the Athabasca River

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.


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New Report Examines Threat of Huge Increases in Shipments of Tar Sands to Washington and Oregon
posted by Joshua Axelrod, 4/28/15
A tar sands invasion of Washington and Oregon is threatening the states' communities, waterways, coastlines ...
Report highlights industry plans to flood West Coast with tar sands
posted by Anthony Swift, 4/28/15
The West Coast could soon become a destination for huge volumes of tar sands crude oil - one of the ...
Climate Rally in Canada Brings National Attention to the Problem of Tar Sands and Lack of Federal Action
posted by Joshua Axelrod, 4/15/15
In one of the largest climate gatherings on record in Canada, more than 25,000 people took to the streets ...
Another Unpopular Pipeline: Canadians Prefer Protecting the Climate Over Building Energy East and Expanding the Tar Sands
posted by Joshua Axelrod, 4/9/15
A week after TransCanada announced that it would abandon a key element of its proposed Energy East tar ...
Arctic on Notice: A Barge Adrift at Sea and Spill Modeling by the World Wildlife Fund Show the Extreme Risks of an Arctic Ocean Oil Spill
posted by Joshua Axelrod, 3/18/15
This week, news of the fate of an unmanned barge set adrift in Canada's Beaufort Sea in October finally ...

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