The crime before the pipeline…

Pipelines are a necessary evil of the LAST century. It’s time to get off our carbon dependent rat race. It’s just time to clean up our only home. Like a cleansing diet and a good run is a reawakening for our plugged up blood vessels, bitumen is plaque on our kids future. We need oil for the short-term. I get it; however, let’s just leave that filthy tar in the ground where it belongs…or at least until we solve the tragedy occurring to process the tar sands.  As a Canadian, proud of our historic human rights record and wondrous landscape, this now world-famous crime of the senses, the tar sands, shames me.  Our leaders, government and corporate should wake up and smell the real scent of the boreal forest and not the scent of money. The crime isn’t prospective pipelines.   The evil is in the wound on the environment we are perpetrating at an exponential rate. The tar sands project is like contagion. A run away virus. A cancer. We need to change our lifestyles, step by step, and get off the oil. We don’t need the Enbridge northern pipeline. We don’t need the tar sand oil either. PAUSE ||

Garth Lenz (TED)

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This area, located in the extreme northwest of British Columbia, marks the western boundary of the boreal region. On the border of the Yukon and Southeast Alaska, the western flank of these mountains descends into Alaska’s Tongass Rainforest and British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Far from the Tar Sands, the greatest remaining coastal temperate and marine ecosystem is threatened by the proposal to build a 750 mile pipeline to pump 550,000 barrels a day of tar sands crude to the coast. Once there, it would be shipped to Asia through difficult to navigate waters where a relatively small B.C. Ferry ran aground and sunk in 2006.(Lenz)

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Lenz, Garth. “Photographic Gallery.” GarthLenz.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec.
2013. <http://garthlenz.com/#/touring-exhibit–the-true-cost-of-oil/>.

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