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In today’s New York Times, Thomas Homer-Dixon, a professor of global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, published a terrific opinion piece about the environmental impact of extracting Alberta’s tar sands.

From the article:

“The most obvious reason [of dwindling support] is that tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities.  It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production.  It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles.”

Read the full article by Mr. Homer-Dixon here.