Strong & Free? / Alberta Coat of Arms Parody
by Jason Stamatyades
Acrylic on board, 15 x 20”.
The Alberta tar sands cover an area of land the size of England, which has been divided up and leased to the world’s biggest oil companies. The surface area that must be destroyed to get at the oil is the Boreal Forest.
Two tonnes of tar sand is needed to produce a single barrel of oil. Three to five times more water and energy are required per barrel than any other source known to mankind. The tar sands use more water every day than a city of two million people and consume enough natural gas to heat six million Canadian homes. The tar sands generate 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year, more than all the cars in Canada combined. Because of the tar sands Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions have grown more since 1990 than those of any other G8 nation.