A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice by Stephen D'Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Joshua Kahn Russell

By Stephen D'Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Joshua Kahn Russell

The struggle over the tar sands in North the US is likely one of the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of many first that has controlled to marry particularly explicitly quandary for frontline groups and rapid neighborhood risks with worry for the way forward for the whole planet. Tar sands “development” comes with a big environmental and human rate. yet tar sands opponents—fighting a robust overseas industry—are likened to terrorists; govt environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are hid and rushed. but, regardless of the ambitious political and financial energy in the back of the tar sands, many rivals are actively construction foreign networks of resistance, demanding pipeline plans whereas resisting threats to Indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation. together with major voices eager about the fight opposed to the tar sands, A Line within the Tar Sands bargains a serious research of the influence of the tar sands and the demanding situations competitors face of their efforts to arrange powerful resistance. participants contain Angela Carter, invoice McKibben, Brian Tokar, Christine Leclerc, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Crystal Lameman, Dave Vasey, Emily Coats, Eriel Deranger, Greg Albo, Jeremy Brecher, Jess worthy, Jesse Cardinal, Joshua Kahn Russell, Lilian Yap, Linda Capato, Macdonald Stainsby, Martin Lukacs, Matt Leonard, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Naomi Klein, Rae Breaux, Randolph Haluza-DeLay, Rex Weyler, Ryan Katz-Rosene, Sâkihitowin Awâsis, Sonia supply, Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Tyler McCreary, Winona LaDuke, and Yves Engler.

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Kihci Pikiskwewin—Speaking the Truth CRYSTAL LAMEMAN 12. The Tar Sands Healing Walk JESSE CARDINAL 13. Petro-Chemical Legacies and Tar Sands Frontiers: Chemical Valley versus Environmental Justice TOBAN BLACK 14. Beyond Token Recognition: The Growing Movement against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project TYLER McCREARY 15. Culture Works CHRISTINE LECLERC AND REX WEYLER 16. Lessons from Direct Action at the White House to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline JOSHUA KAHN RUSSELL, LINDA CAPATO, MATT LEONARD, AND RAE BREAUX 17.

Thus, the race to expand the tar sands and other forms of extreme fossil energy is indeed necessary to perpetuate the current order of things and, at least in the near term, the success in this has been reflected in the diminished talk of peak oil. ) Of course, extreme energy projects can mean great earnings for financiers from Wall Street to Bay Street, and for energy corporations from Calgary to Texas to Europe—though we must be clear that these industries also relate to jobs for ordinary people in countless ways, from the tar sands themselves, to automobile assembly lines, to a food system that runs on oil.

As the network of resistance has grown, it has increasingly intersected with the efforts of environmental activists and organizations fighting for action on climate change, who recognize how pivotal stopping the tar sands is to any hope of preventing disastrous levels of warming. 48 But beneath this broad goal, there are a diversity of targets and a multiplicity of tactics. The primary targets are, of course, the energy corporations at the helm of the tar sands industry, the Mordor landscape they are creating, and the infrastructure projects they are planning.

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