The well-funded fossil fuel lobby is poised for a fight in the Senate. The clean energy and climate change legislation being debated in the Senate is in danger! Big Oil and Big Coal do not want to release their stranglehold on our economy.
Even worse, our wild lands are in danger! Big Oil wants to drill the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and Dirty Coal just wants to keep leveling mountains and polluting water supplies with heavy metals.
Do not even get me started on tailings! Tailings are made of water with naphthenic acids (NAs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), arsenic, sand, mercury, residual bitumen, salt and clay. To extract one cubic meter of bitumen, you must create three to five cubic metres of tailings. These tailings are stored in ponds so large they can be seen by the naked eye from space.
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