It touches on problems faced by
- plants typically use two to four barrels of water to extract a barrel of oil - currently enough to sustain a city of two million every year.
- water ends up toxic, some of it reused, vast amounts pumped into enormous settlement ponds as toxic waste.
- needs over
1,000 cubic feetof natural gas - to produce one barrel of bitumen.
- consume about 4% of
's natural gas supply. Canada
- quadrupling production would consume 16% of the supply
- estimates over the next ten years exceed the projections for available amounts of natural gas
- proven reserves of natural gas will be gone in about eight years
- after gas, the next obvious choice is nuclear energy - costs and water usage still a problem.
- total Energy Return On Investment around 5% to 10% but with oil over $60 it still makes economic sense
- other processes like "toe heel air injection," are being looked at.
- perennial shortage of skilled labor
- workers want a bigger piece of the action.
- primeval boreal forest the size of
is being blighted Florida
- toxic sludge in huge tailings ponds
- industry pays next to nothing
- every barrel of oil uses enough natural gas to heat a family's home for four days.
Therefore there is the scenario of us sitting in our cars burning up the environment with the only limit in our minds vague ideas of environmental difficulties and the limiting cost of increasingly pricy fuel and this being supplied at all costs through a very inefficient and damaging process.
As my Min pointed out, the Arabs have only to drop the price below 50 dollars and still make a profit and the whole tar sands wastage then becomes pointless. This is how the middle-east has the west over a barrel.
Bob Ebersole [oilmanbob] says:
Its time to do the heretofore unthinkable, and demand that no more internal combustion engines be sold new in North America, and go full tilt into Alan Drake's Electrification of Rail program.
That's the rationale coverage of the issue.
Another point of view has it that far from being indifferent to the blighting of the landscape, making it unfit for human habitation and destroying all eco-systems, the driving force for this energy madness is quite happy to see this state of affairs and will do all it can to continue it.
Just an alternative point of view, that's all. But still these are words. I myself have sold my gas guzzler which I admit simply transfers the problem to someone else.