The True Cost of Oil: Alberta Tar Sands

March 30, 2012

What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project — and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.

For almost twenty years, Garth’s photography of threatened wilderness regions, devastation, and the impacts on indigenous peoples, has appeared in the world’s leading publications. His recent images from the boreal region of Canada have helped lead to significant victories and large new protected areas in the Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Ontario. Garth’s major touring exhibit on the Tar Sands premiered on Los Angeles in 2011 and recently appeared in New York. Garth is a Fellow of the International League Of Conservation Photographers


7 Responses to “The True Cost of Oil: Alberta Tar Sands”

  1. mrsircharles Says:

    Shale gas fracking is as bad as tar sand oil if not even worse!

    => Fracking Ireland

    • Distressing. Both videos powerfully document how we’re selling our soul to the devil for illusory short-term benefits – without having to explain atmospheric radiative transfer.

  2. Martin Lack Says:

    Even though it may delay the inevitable decline of Carbon Age civilisation, we cannot ‘frack’ our way out of this energy crisis without aggravating the ecological crisis that harvesting the energy of fossilised sunlight is already causing… and energy recovery rates from Tar Sands are so low, I am surprised the oil companies don’t run the processing plants using an array of hamster wheels…

    James Hansen is right, either our politicians are just plain stupid or they are lying to themselves and us: We will only avoid ecological catastrophe if, wherever we have a choice, we choose to leave unconventional fossil fuels in the ground…

    Fossil fuels are not like mountains that we must climb simply because they are there… They are more like a bloody and infected nose that me must decide it is better not to pick.

  3. I hope you don’t mind, I put it on my blog.


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