The true cost of oil: Garth Lenz @ TEDxVictoria

This video was posted on YouTube with the following introduction:

What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project — and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.

For almost twenty years, Garth’s photography of threatened wilderness regions, devastation, and the impacts on indigenous peoples, has appeared in the world’s leading publications. His recent images from the boreal region of Canada have helped lead to significant victories and large new protected areas in the Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Ontario. Garth’s major touring exhibit on the Tar Sands premiered on Los Angeles in 2011 and recently appeared in New York. Garth is a Fellow of the International League Of Conservation Photographers

Filmed at TEDxVictoria on November 19 2011

Along with this video, you might want to look at the story and photo album These Pictures May Give You Nightmares About The Canada Oil Sands.

At the end of the above slide show, there is a link to the article This is the hot new way they’re extracting more oil from the sands than anyone imagined. This highlights the other method of tar sands extraction mentioned in the video as less ugly, but more damaging.

A few years ago, I was looking at the opportunity of investing in Canadian tar sands projects. The investment looked overpriced to me, so I did not invest. I probably would have made a fortune, but now at least my conscience is clear.

Thanks to CindyM for sending the email that led to this post.

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