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 relatively explicitly crisis for frontline groups and speedy neighborhood dangers 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 strong foreign industry—are likened to terrorists; executive environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are hid and rushed. but, regardless of the bold political and monetary energy at the back of the tar sands, many rivals are actively development overseas networks of resistance, demanding pipeline plans whereas resisting threats to Indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation. together with top voices curious about the fight opposed to the tar sands, A Line within the Tar Sands deals a severe research of the influence of the tar sands and the demanding situations competitors face of their efforts to prepare potent resistance. members 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 provide, Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Tyler McCreary, Winona LaDuke, and Yves Engler.
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In addition to the tar sands industry’s environmental impacts, it is also notorious for unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, exorbitant living costs in industry boom towns like Fort McMurray, and stark and widening inequalities spilling over into various parts of the province. The high wages in the industry have contributed to labour shortages in the other low-paying sectors, leaving many people to struggle with rising prices of necessities, such as housing. As criticisms of these social costs grow,30 the government of Canada has helped to brace the tar sands industry by expanding the number of “temporary foreign workers” in Alberta, in step with lobbying by the government of Alberta.
Since the Conservatives took power in 2006, federal support for the tar sands industry has dramatically increased in a variety of ways—including subsidies, lobbying, and advertising. 28 Other unseemly connections lurk, such as the fact that a former Conservative cabinet minister was appointed to oversee Canada’s spy agency (CSIS) while still employed by Enbridge, a tie that is even more alarming in light of evidence that spies and police were assigned to monitor opposition towards the company’s Northern Gateway project.
She has worked with Redwire Media Society, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and, most recently, as a tar sands, climate, and energy campaigner with Greenpeace. Winona LaDuke is an Ojibwe economist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation, and writes extensively on Indigenous and environmental issues. Crystal Lameman is a member of Beaver Lake Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada, and is an Indigenous rights and tar sands campaigner.