By Stephen D'Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Joshua Kahn Russell
The struggle over the tar sands in North the US is one of the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of many first that has controlled to marry really explicitly drawback for frontline groups and quick neighborhood risks with worry for the way forward for the whole planet. Tar sands “development” comes with an incredible environmental and human expense. yet tar sands opponents—fighting a strong foreign industry—are likened to terrorists; govt environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are hid and rushed. but, regardless of the ambitious political and fiscal energy in the back of the tar sands, many competitors are actively construction overseas networks of resistance, not easy pipeline plans whereas resisting threats to Indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation. together with major voices fascinated about the fight opposed to the tar sands, A Line within the Tar Sands bargains a severe research of the influence of the tar sands and the demanding situations competitors face of their efforts to arrange powerful resistance. participants comprise Angela Carter, invoice McKibben, Brian Tokar, Christine Leclerc, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Crystal Lameman, Dave Vasey, Emily Coats, Eriel Deranger, Greg Albo, Jeremy Brecher, Jess worthy, Jesse Cardinal, Joshua Kahn Russell, Lilian Yap, Linda Capato, Macdonald Stainsby, Martin Lukacs, Matt Leonard, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Naomi Klein, Rae Breaux, Randolph Haluza-DeLay, Rex Weyler, Ryan Katz-Rosene, Sâkihitowin Awâsis, Sonia supply, Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Tyler McCreary, Winona LaDuke, and Yves Engler.
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Additional info for A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice
We hope that any gaps and limitations in this book do not detract from the analytical, tactical, and strategic insights it brings to readers. We also hope that this book will help open further conversations about the tar sands, and that the resulting dialogue will be fortified by the many stories and intersections that were not covered here. Next, we will provide some background about the tar sands industry and the growing movement against it. 4 The world’s largest industrial landscape now sits atop the Athabasca tar sands, where the industry is wreaking devastation on the homelands of Cree, Dene, and Métis peoples, on immense tracts of boreal forest, and on the habitat of many animal species.
Their basic argument is that fossil fuels are the lifeblood of modern economies, so further extraction of unconventional reserves in the Athabasca tar sands and elsewhere is needed to enable continued growth. The basic mantra is that more extraction means more wealth and more jobs. Some industry champions, such as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, take the claim of necessity a step further and celebrate the determination of investors who sink billions of dollars into the technology and infrastructure needed to make harder-to-use materials usable.
Will Wooten is an online organizer with the Tar Sands Blockade, a progressive political activist, and a freelance writer based in Texas. Jess Worth is a co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network. She is a former co-editor of the award-winning magazine New Internationalist, and was a member of the campaign organization People & Planet. Lilian Yap is a doctoral student in Political Science at York University, analyzing the nature of “green work” and the recycling sectors in Toronto and Buenos Aires.