Tar Sands Mining: Most Devastating Industry Planet Has Seen PDF Print E-mail

Alberta tar sands mining is the most devastating industrial project the planet has ever seen.  Victoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta tar sands mining project and the beautiful and vital ecosystems under threat.  Tar sands oil produces more CO2 than any other oil. Tar sands mining is sending chemicals down the Athabasca River which have raised the cancer rates of native people living along the river to 10 times the cancer rate in the rest of Canada.  The tailings ponds are built unlined on the banks of the Athabasca River.  Low income people who live downstream have to eat the carcinogenic fish and animals to survive.

Native peoples have lived in a sustainable way in the Boreal forest for the past 10,000 years.  Canada's Boreal Forest sequesters more carbon than any other eco system,  double the carbon sequestered in the tropical rain forests.  The Great Bear Rain Forest has the greatest density of threatened species.
 
The Keystone XL pipeline would go through the agriculture heartland of the U.S.   A four times increase in production is proposed, equivalent to the size of the state of Florida.  "We all need to act to insure that Canada acts to respect its massive supply of fresh water.  Garth Lenz concluded, "We need to all gather to say no to the Canadian tar sands.  Everyone has a role to play. . .   We have an incredible opportunity to preserve the Boreal Forests, our best defense against global warming."  Watch his talk accompanied by his photos of the Boreal Forest and the tar sands mines.


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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon

 

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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

 


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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