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Sustainable Environments: GUS 0842/ENST 0842


What are TAR SANDS anyway?

Tar sands

From the Environmental Encyclopedia, 2011

Man with extended hands full of tar sand


A desolute landscape where tar sands are being strip mined

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Tar Sands:

The Federal government has been interested in tar sands as far back as the 1970s:

Energy from U.S. and Canadian Tar Sands: Technical, Environmental, Economic, Legislative, and Policy Aspects by the Committee on Science and Astronautics. House, December 1974

"Study prepared for Subcom on Energy by Paul F. Rothberg and Pauline Mian of CRS, examining feasibility of efficient oil recovery from tar sand deposits in line with energy self-sufficiency goals.

 The Keystone XL Pipeline: 

From the Encyclopedia Britannica Year in Review volume for 2012:

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Year In Review 2012



*The Future of Fossil Fuel: Year In Review 2008

*Keystone XL Pipeline: examining scientific and environmental issues : hearing before the Subcommittee on Environment joint with the Subcommittee on Energy, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, first session, Tuesday, May 7, 2013

 *U.S. Oil Dependence: Is independence from foreign oil possible? by Jennifer Weeks (from CQ Researcher, June 22nd, 2012


Map showing route of pipeline carrying oil from the tar sands in Canada to Portland, Maine


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