Josh Fox (Gasland) on the Canadian Tar Sands

Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox explains in this video just how bad for all of us tar sands oil is. The rest of this post is background.

Tar Sands Contain 400 Gigatons of Carbon

How much is 400 GtC? Well, you most likely know about 350 ppm as the maximum safe level of CO2 in the atmosphere.

You may know that the level is already above 390 ppm.

If burned, 400 GtC adds an extra 220 ppm.

James Hansen:

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Easily available reserves of conventional oil and gas are enough to take atmospheric CO2 well above 400 ppm, which is unsafe for life on Earth … However, if the tar sands are thrown into the mix, it is essentially game over.

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Read the whole article by Jim Hansen here. And check out the links in the Bill McKibben tweet below.


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