Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

March 23, 2010 -

A group against the development of Canada’s oil-rich Tar Sands is attempting to draw attention to their stance through the release of a simple online Flash game.

Thought up by the Polaris Institute and created by Insidious Design, the game, named Tarnation, lets players shoot oil at Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper  and Opposition Leader Michael Ignatieff. Once the pair has been doused with enough light, sweet crude, players can sign their name to an email to the two pols, which states that “The tar sands represent the wrong direction for Canada.”

The Polaris Institute claims that extracting petroleum from the Athabasca Tar Sands, located in Northern Alberta, produces three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventional oil and gas production. The group further states that the tar sands are now “poised to become Canada’s largest single emitter of greenhouse gas,” while “tar sands production is expected to multiply as much as four to five times by the year 2015 to meet growing demands in the U.S.”

Tony Clarke, Executive Director of the Polaris Institute, added, “All Canadian political leaders have a role to play in this discussion, but right now Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff need the most help in re-thinking their support for the tar sands.”

Greenpeace seems to agree with The Polaris Institute, as the group released a report on the oil sands last year entitled How the Tar Sands Are Fueling the Global Climate Crisis (PDF).


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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

This is a travesty!  How dare my fellow Canadians release a game with the text written exclusively in English?!  Someone call the language police!

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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

.... please tell me there really isn't

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I believe they have their headquarters in Quebec.

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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

Something I'll note is they never propose an alternative aside from flat out quitting.

Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

That's because it's easier to complain about something than it is to come up with solutions.

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A FLASH GAME !!! SWEET JESUS THE OIL SANDS ARE DONE !!!

But seriously. These protestors are idiots. Yes, the OIL sands ( tar sands are a made up name to make them sound worse than they are ). But the OIL sands are vital to our economy. They are the largest oil reserves outside of the middle east ( and by all means, if you want their oil good luck).

Ill be the first to admit that the OIL sands are messy. they create crippling damage to the environment that they come from. But to shut it down ??? Screw that, thse tea sipping hippies can blow me. The oil sands are a vital part of the Canadian economy, ( especially the Albertan one, the province i call home). And to shut it down would seriously damage us. I know its little concern to these Forigners and Easterners. ) but to me they can F OFF!!!!

Also, they contribute like 1% of either Canadas or the Worlds greenhouse gasses ( cant remember which).... ONE PERCENT !!!! OH SAVE US MAGICAL HIPPIES FROM THE HEAVENS. SAVE US FROM ONE PERCENT.

 

That is all.

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"Also, they contribute like 1% of either Canadas or the Worlds greenhouse gasses ( cant remember which).... ONE PERCENT !!!! OH SAVE US MAGICAL HIPPIES FROM THE HEAVENS. SAVE US FROM ONE PERCENT."

I think you're missing the point here, the issue isn't just the amount of greenhouse gas emissions (i've seen some figures ballparking 5% of Canada's total output) the harvesting of the resource creates, its the filthy by-product material created that no one has any clue what to do with and which more than likely is polluting the neighboring region and ground water resources

think about it this way, nuclear energy produces hardly, if any, greenhouse gas emissions, but the by-product is highly radioactive material with half-lives of thousands of years that then has to be stored somewhere where it can't affect the environment

and even so, %5 of Canadian CO2 output is still a frack of a lot of CO2

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Vital parts of an economy almost never are.  Vital to a few people at the top, but the funny thing about removing things people call important, the economy almost always shifts around and the amount of wealth stays the same.  It just ends up in differnt people's pockets.

This is what these pseudo-economic debates are usually about.  Rich people convincing the middle class that if something shifts the middle class will suffer, when inreality it is the rich who have the most to loose.  The middle class usually does ok.  Unfortunatly they make great foot soldiers in debates like this.

Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

Apparently, the housing bubble taught you nothing.

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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

Not even remotely the same thing.

Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

Oh yes the housing bubble collapsed the world economy and not the averess greed of them trying to make money from "nothing" and anyone they could.....


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The housing bubble was caused, in part, by rich people getting screwed in one way or another.

Who was affected the most?  The middle class.  Stating that screwing over the rich people won't affect the middle class is a lie and a half.

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LOL the houseing bubble was made by rich people, PERIOD, the fact that Under Clinton they were forced to give questionable loans to the poor has little to do with a rush to make money out of anything they could(balloon loans,ect) disestablishing housing prices and cuaseing the bubble via deregulation and other crap.

 

Fuck man they were making so much money they COULD give questionable loans to the poor, put like most bastard corporate types the top kept the money instead of keeping the industry from crashing......


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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

2nd, Money does not come out of nowhere.

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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

Weatherlight

 

Thats one of problems with our financial industry 20-30ish years ago they started to sell questionable products(loans,saving schemes,pyramid schemes,ect,ect) in order to make money from nothing and government was paid off to ignore it. And here we are going down the drain because the rich can not be trusted.....


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errr...what are they complaining bout they are cleaning the sand up and takign the tar away??? :P


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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

How the OIL sands work is that the sand up north in Alberta ( my home province ) is mixed with oil. So they have to dig up the sand and rinse the oil out of the sand. The problem is that the water they use to rinse the oil out gets VERY dirty for obvious reasons. And there isnt a lot you can do with it. So basically they have giant lakes up north of water mixed with gas/tar. And a couple years a go a flock of ducks landed in one of the ponds ( there is a system of speakers set up that stop the ducks normally, but they didnt work this one time. ) and like 80 ducks died and the Environmentalists treated it like it was the Holocaust.

 

Basically, even the deepest supporters of the sands will admit its filthy. But what are you gonna do ? Shut them down and cripple the local economy ? Get all your oil from the MUCH cleaner and efficient yet 1000 times greeder Middle Eastern countries ? Wait till the technology improves to help make it better ? Your choice.

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THen the goverment of region needs to get togather and say you can not process this without cleaning the water. It will slow thigns down some, and mabye cost 20-40% of profit, but money still can be made.


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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

And how would you suggest we go about cleaning the water, in a way that wouldn't screw up other stuff?

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Well you see you start by making a filter, like you have cleaning your pool. Where they take sand and.... DOH!!!

Never mind that wont work

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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

Thats half right, the filter filter out things larger than sand, or more persicly what the water/sand/oil,ect processor can not safely sort.


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Build sewage system like vat(or a hole in the ground with lining,ect) put sand in there with the water to get the oil then filter it out till you can incinerate the bad stuff or haul it off.

Or use a suction system that puts out water but sucks up the mix to be filtered till you can incinerate the bad stuff or haul it off.

or

Start  sucking up the water(and ground water if need be) and suck up the water to be filtered till you can incinerate the bad stuff or haul it off..

 

If you can not do it without making a mess of the place...perhaps its best if you do not do it........

 

Use a backhoe equipped hose and suction system, the slurry mix is sent to a tanker truck that filters out the big stuff, then its moved onto another tanker truck, from that truck it can be moved for proper processing. If there is room in the area use temporarily lined vats to dump it it and sort it,clean it and pump it back tot he region it came from.


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Re: Activists Launch Game against Tar Sands Development

all of your ideas are good, unfortunately we're talking a heck of a lot of water, and unfortunately because oil and gas are a major section of the Albertan economy (im not from alberta but im living here now) there isn't exactly a huge movement towards trying to clean it up as far as i have seen, this water is essentially the same as smelting slag, its dangerous materials that they don't quite know what to do with

i would personally love to see this province take the lead in the renewable energy sector as opposed to oil and gas, but its almost the same argument as to why we still rely on petroleum to fuel our vehicles, there is a lot of money involved in the status quo and very little incentive to change

i thought i had heard that the reason the ducks had landed was because the lake had been left uncovered, something about requiring them to be covered so birds didn't land on them, i may be wrong but thats what i thought

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With the milloins that are being made off this it seems to me they could take 10 or 20 milloin and fix it.......


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