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The struggle over the tar sands in North the USA is one of the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of many first that has controlled to marry fairly explicitly trouble for frontline groups and fast neighborhood risks with worry for the way forward for the whole planet. Tar sands “development” comes with a tremendous environmental and human rate. yet tar sands opponents—fighting a strong overseas industry—are likened to terrorists; executive environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are hid and rushed. but, regardless of the ambitious political and monetary energy in the back of the tar sands, many competitors are actively development overseas networks of resistance, demanding pipeline plans whereas resisting threats to Indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation. together with major voices fascinated by the fight opposed to the tar sands, A Line within the Tar Sands deals a serious research of the effect of the tar sands and the demanding situations competitors face of their efforts to arrange potent resistance. members 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 provide, Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Tyler McCreary, Winona LaDuke, and Yves Engler.

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37 Not only is this a motherlode of carbon, but the energy intensity of tar sands extraction and refining makes the effective emissions per barrel far greater than with conventional oil reserves. 41 In other words, the tar sands industry alone could shatter any hope of mitigating extremely dangerous levels of warming. The Line in the Tar Sands: The Growing Resistance The stakes are rising as the tar sands industry pushes ever harder to expand production, pipelines, and export markets. Fortunately, a growing push-back is mounting against the mighty nexus of corporate and political power on a multitude of fronts.

They are about the tar sands specifically, but they are also about the human spirit, struggling to push through centuries of colonialism and standing on the edge of a new era. Of all possible futures, the least likely is one in which business as usual continues unabated. Peoples’ movements will either succeed in transforming our economic and political systems to build a new world, or we will burn with the old one. We hope this book will be useful in classrooms, in activist strategy sessions, and anywhere that people are struggling for a more just and sustainable world.

24 A further aspect of transport impacts relates to the attempt to establish a “megaload” corridor through the US Northwest and the northern Rocky Mountains. This would enable massive modules manufactured in Asia—some as tall as three-storey buildings and weighing close to 300 metric tons—to be brought to northern Alberta for use in constructing facilities there. 25 As many upcoming chapters make clear, a range of struggles is bound to follow wherever further tar sands refining occurs. The Assault on Indigenous Communities The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a major reference point in struggles for Indigenous self-determination in the face of past and ongoing colonization.

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