There has been an unending stream of propaganda coming from the people in big-oil about the tar sands. In particular a group that calls themselves CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) representing the exploiters of the tar sands, have been busy greenwashing the destruction that is taking place in Alberta through a series of print and video ads. Greenpeace has a rundown here. As Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Mike Hudema says, "CAPP needs to realize that the tar sands don't have a public relations problem, they have an environmental-impacts problem that's not going to be solved by glossy ads or glitzy TV commercials."
There are so many angles to this story that I cannot encapsulate them all in a single post but through the magic of the internet I can post an Al Jazeera documentary called 'To The Last Drop,' that makes it clear that what is taking place is neither harmless to the environment or to the indigenous peoples living in the surrounding areas. I promise to return and refute the misleading stats about the tar sands impacts that CAPP has been forwarding through their media PR campaign. For now, however, here's the documentary in two parts; prepare to be horrified at the reality of what is taking place in northern Alberta.