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Revenge of the electric oil sands November 29, 2012

Posted by Maury Markowitz in solar.
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Alberta’s oil sands are possibly one of the few saving graces of an otherwise pretty much barren chunk of almost useless land.

There, I said it.

And all the arguments you hear about it’s carbon footprint this and dirty oil that, it’s all BS. The industry has improved leaps and bounds over the last couple of decades, and they have good reasons to keep doing that – the gas and water they use to extract the oil costs a lot of money.

And yet I’m writing an article that beats up on the oil sands. But not for the reasons you might think. If you’re goal is to clean up CO2 release, for instance, improving car fuel economy by 1% will have a far greater effect.