Their goal is to install 100 solar projects on public buildings in Alberta and retrain 1000 oil sand workers to help create and install new technology.
“My dream is that one day i’ll be able to go to my union hall, and have a renewable energy job.” ~Lliam Hildebrand, Iron and Earth
HOW DO OIL SANDS EFFECT COMMUNITIES AROUND THEM?
The extraction and production speed of oil from oil sands have been increasing trying to keep up with the demand. However, extraction hurts the environment and there has been different leaders trying to maintain the extraction and production speed at a moderate level.
Around Fort McMurray, Alberta there is about 6400 First Nation residents and 7 Metis locals, which is about 5000 to 6000 residents. They have been arguing about the horrid quality of life because of the oil sands. Since Fort McMurray was downstream to the oil sands, first nations are worried about the contaminated water and believe that being so close to the oil sands is leading to health problems. Because of all the damage the oil sands have done the tax in Alberta has increased (housing tax, sales tax, etc.)
OIL EXPORTS AND IMPORTS
Canada exports about two-thirds of its oil to the United States. About 3.4 billion barrels of oil gets sent to the US everyday. Canadian oil now accounts for 45% of all US crude imports, from about 30% in 2013. Liquid pipelines are used to transport oil that comes from the oil sands after they are upgraded and turned into gasoline or other petroleum products. Half of the oil used in Canada is imported from other countries. The western part of Canada gets their oil from Canada, but is sent to the US to be refined before coming back to Canada. The eastern part of Canada is dependent on oil coming from Saudi Arabia, Africa and Venezuela. Canada sends and receives a lot of natural resources every year. In 2015, Canada exported $231 billion worth of natural resources, mainly to China, USA, and United Kingdom.
IS OIL RENEWABLE OR NONRENEWABLE?
Oil is one of the nonrenewable resources that Canada produces. Once the tar is removed and upgraded it is now crude oil. For a car to use this oil it must be burned and once the oil is burned it goes into a chemical change and its physical properties change and it can no longer go back to its original state.