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Energy and how it is captured and consumed is barely viable in tar sands production. While the amount of oil in places such as the tar sands in Alberta or the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela may have deposits of similar size to the reserves of countries such as Saudi Arabia or Iraq, the return of new energy after expending energy in production is not even close. In Iraq, the process of using one barrel of oil generates 100 new barrels. In the tar sands, estimates of 3 to 1 and even as low as 1.5 to 1 have been made. Offsetting the net energy loss would require minimally 25-30 tar sands facilities for one Saudi plant operating at the same capacity.

Energy and how it is captured and consumed is barely viable in tar sands production. While the amount of oil in places such as the tar sands in Alberta or the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela may have deposits of similar size to the reserves of countries such as Saudi Arabia or Iraq, the return of new energy after expending energy in production is not even close. In Iraq, the process of using one barrel of oil generates 100 new barrels. In the tar sands, estimates of 3 to 1 and even as low as 1.5 to 1 have been made. Offsetting the net energy loss would require minimally 25-30 tar sands facilities for one Saudi plant operating at the same capacity.

Koch brothers go deep in Alberta tar sands

Koch brothers go deep in Alberta tar sands

Few people know how central this country's oil riches have been to the U.S. Big Oil billionaires' vast fortune. Most of their tar sands holdings remain untouched, but that may soon change.

by Bruce Livesey for NationalObserver.com

May 6, 2015

Fort McKay, Alberta, a hamlet of 700 citizens, hugs the Athabasca River a half-hour's drive north of Fort McMurray. It's home to the Fort McKay First Nation band.

Harper government alters climate targets; protects tar sands

Harper government alters climate targets, but protects oil sands
By Mychaylo Prystupa | May 15th 2015
National Observer

The Harper government is pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, but in a way that does not affect the oil sands emissions - the largest source of Canada's climate warming pollution, say environmental critics.

Oil Spill on Beaches of World’s ‘Greenest City’

Bunker (Fuel) Down
Oil Spill on Beaches of World’s ‘Greenest City’
by MACDONALD STAINSBY

Vancouver, British Columbia, Coast Salish Territories

Weekend edition, April 10-12, 2015

Cutting the crud: Debunking five Big Oil myths

Cutting the crud: Debunking five Big Oil myths
By Steve Cornwell
| March 12, 2015

The Harper government and Big Oil have been spouting some colourful myths about how vital the tar sands industry is for Canada. The jobs! The money! The environment!

Can't we just cut the crud and get down to the dirty truths? Why yes we can.

Let's debunk the five biggest myths about the tar sands.

Myth #1: The tar sands industry is great for Canada -- look at all those jobs it creates!

Canada Losing $30+ Bn a Year on Tar-Sands Oil

Consider the right wing source and revel in the take down of Stephen Harper.

--M

Canada Losing $30+ Bn a Year on Tar-Sands Oil

April 8, 2015
By Sprott Money

Oil is our most-precious commodity as fuel for the global economy. It is also becoming a scarce commodity, as global production has flattened, while global demand continues to climb relentlessly, everywhere in the world except for the dying economies of Europe and North America. It is a classic “seller’s market.”

Environmental groups take aim at Alberta tar sands emissions

Environmental groups take aim at Alberta oil sands emissions

SHAWN McCARTHY

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Apr. 09 2015

Rising greenhouse emissions from Alberta’s oil sands would swamp Ontario’s effort to fight climate change through a carbon-pricing plan, says a report issued in advance of the provincial climate summit to be held in Quebec City next week.

Here are the other tar-sands pipelines Canada is trying to build

Here are the other tar-sands pipelines Canada is trying to build
By Bobby Magill on 31 Mar 2015

Climate Central

A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: transport Canadian tar-sands oil to refineries.

(Wisconsin) Enbridge Opponents Call for Support

Pipeline opponents urge support

More than 200 area people turned out in Lake Mills March 19 for an educational forum on Enbridge Energy’s project to increase the flow of tar sands oil through a pipeline that runs through Dane, Jefferson, Rock and Walworth counties.

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
By Randy Radtke Special to The Courier |

Opponents of Enbridge Inc.’s expansion of Pipeline 61 began a concerted organizational effort to rally public support to their cause with an educational forum in Lake Mills March 19.

While We’ve Been Debating Keystone, The U.S. Has Grown Its Pipeline Network By Almost A Quarter

While We’ve Been Debating Keystone, The U.S. Has Grown Its Pipeline Network By Almost A Quarter

by Katie Valentine Posted on March 16, 2015

Americans have been waiting for the federal government to come to a decision over the Keystone XL pipeline for more than six years, enduring countless protests, Congressional hearings and even a Presidential veto over the controversial project.

But during that time, pipeline construction in the U.S. hasn’t slowed — in fact, it’s surged.

Koch's use economic downtime to buy up tar sands

Koch company buys up more oil sands licenses in Canada
Jenny Uechi
Mar 12th, 2015

Koch Oil Sands Operating ULC is buying up more licenses in Alberta's oil sands, Oilsands Review reported today.

"Bulletin records show that 15 licences were issued on March 3, 2015, for operator Koch Oil Sands in the Cadotte area," the Review reported.

Oilsands leases comprised $21 million of the $44.67 million generated by Alberta's Wednesday land sale.

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