Tar Sands and Oil Shale will Destroy the Climate to Save a Couple Bucks at the Pump
A new report from WWF-UK warns exploitation of North America's tar sands [search] and oil shale [search] could increase atmospheric CO2 levels by up to 15%. They release as much as eight times as much carbon as petroleum. Over-reaction to gasoline prices [search] going up a couple bucks in the rich world may lead to the catastrophic embrace of these unconventional and highly-polluting fossil fuels.
EcoInternet has been working on the issue for years [more]. We are pleased to now join with WWF (so right on climate, so wrong on forests) in their recent call for an end to the production of tar sand and oil shale fuels [ark | moreark]. These “carbon bomb” fuels can only perpetuate a deadly fossil fuel addiction, delaying transition to clean renewable energy, and ensuring Earth's climate is irreversibly damaged. They must be banned now before we become dependent.
Oil companies are not factoring in the externalities [ark] of their climate-hostile fuels on the environment. Production of these unconventional fuels also uses huge amounts of water and destroys vast tracts of forests. Speaking of forests, hey WWF, if we can give up these potentially huge fuel sources for the Planet and humanity's future, certainly we can give up logging 60 million year old ancient primary forests to produce throw-away consumer products? How about a little consistency in identifying the activities destroying the Earth and calling for shared sacrifice? WWF's support of FSC “certified” logging of primary forests [search] is disgraceful. Come on, you can quit the habit!