Gordon Laxer is the founding Director of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta and author of the 2017 “Act or Be Acted Upon” report . He is also author of “After the Sands. Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians” that was a finalist for the 2016 John W Dafoe book prize. Web: www.gordonlaxer.com.
By Gordon Laxer, Resilience.org
Proponents call them oil sands while opponents call them tar sands. Whatever they’re called, Alberta’s bitumen reserves are so massive, James Hansen warns that it could be game over for the world’s climate if all are extracted and burned.