makes no frackin’ sense

This just in:  Obama approves border-crossing fracked gas pipeline used to dilute tar sands (also here)

2012CochinExplorerConnSo here’s the dealio:

We – and yes, we, the global or, at least, North American community, are in this together, becauase any inaction by any of us is also a form of action – are fracking Texas for gas. We are then transporting gas condensate to Illinois. We then build a 3,000 km pipeline to Alberta, with a company (Kinder Morgan Cochin) with known safety failures and has been warned by the Canada National Energy Board in 2003 for its crack problems (please, no Rob Ford jokes…). We are then mixing it with tar sands bitumen, which is some of the most toxic and energy intensive sources of energy in the world. Finally, we will export this to either Asia or the US.

Meanwhile, renewable energy potential ABOUNDS. Wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, hydro, biogas, biomass. The world can reach 100% renewable energy by 2050, says WWF. My colleagues and I have the more ambitious and optimistic view of 2030.

But none of this stubborn addiction to fossil fuels is ever actually about energy. It’s about profit and export. It’s about old business models that benefit the few at the top. It’s about centralised power (literally and figuratively).

And because of this, it’s not about technology. The technical solutions already exist – we just need some political backbone to get this show on the road. Otherwise our beautiful home will look like this:

An oil-sands mine operated by Suncor strips the boreal forest growing in the top soil in order to get to the bitumen layer below. Four tons of soil is moved for each barrel of oil recovered. © Peter Essick
An oil-sands mine operated by Suncor strips the boreal forest growing in the top soil in order to get to the bitumen layer below. Four tons of soil is moved for each barrel of oil recovered. © Peter Essick
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