Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Images of Alberta's tar sands

This is for those who look to Canada's enormous (and enormously dirty) tar sands to solve peak oil.


phil_style said...

Part of my job is to identify sites for solar-electricity generation sites. One of the big barriers (that people throw up) is that these solar sites take up so much land compared to gas/oil power generation stations. Images such as these show that oil and gas extraction also takes up a lot of land, and often ecologically sensitive land.

byron smith said...

Yes - energy is going to cost us more once we stop (or reduce) our dependence on ancient sunlight and start living within our contemporary solar budget. But there will also be benefits, not least the fact that fossil fuels are becoming increasingly difficult to find and destructive to produce.