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By Alastair Sweeny

What if Canada 's so-called environmental nightmare used to be fairly an engineering triumph and the most important to a sturdy and sustainable future?For years, Canadians were listening to not anything yet undesirable information out of the Athabasca Oil Sands. From twentieth Century economists decrying it as a perpetual money-loser within the face of extra easily-extracted international oil to eco-friendly teams around the globe pointing out it the world's worst commercial company, occasionally it sort of feels as if no solid may possibly ever come from this so-called soiled resource.But what if constructing Canada's Oil Sands was once the most important to bridging the space among present petroleum-based economies and the choice energies that are not prepared for marketplace but? What if it intended doing away with the specter of top Oil and supplying monetary balance not only for Canada and the remainder of North the US, yet for the realm? And what if the environmental expenditures of the source have been either now not approximately as dire as a few could have you ever think, yet at present higher than many different concepts with the already making large advances in sustainability, power use and water reclamation?That's precisely the case that Alastair Sweeny, writer of BlackBerry Planet, argues is on the center of the Athabasca Sands: a vibrant destiny. by way of digging into the prior, current and way forward for oil sands expertise, Sweeny cuts in the course of the hype and hysteria and makes a great and interesting case that the Sands usually are not the environmental boogeyman set to damage humanity, yet particularly our greatest wish for a really good and sustainable destiny.

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14 • • • In 1882, the year Karl Benz invented the automobile, Dr. Robert Bell, new director of the Geological Survey of Canada, arrived in the Athabasca to gauge the commercial potential of the Sands. He 14 John Macoun, “Report of Progress,” Geological Survey of Canada (1875); Web Support Site, Black Bonanza Footnotes—Chapter 2. ” Hoffman concluded that it was going to be a very valuable resource one day. He thought the sands were “admirably adapted for asphalting purposes” without the need to separate the sand and bitumen.

He proposed an immediate program for drilling, and the Senators agreed. In 1893, the Parliament passed a bill authorizing the Geological and Natural Survey of Canada to investigate the petroleum resources of the Northwest Territory and the Athabasca Oil Sands; Parliament gave McConnell a $7,000 grant to hire a contractor and move a drilling rig up to the Athabasca River. W. Fraser, who brought a rig up to the Athabasca where he spudded his first well on August 15, 1894. On June 16, 1894, the Edmonton Bulletin suggested that the government was preparing to boost a commercial oil industry.

The great temple towers and ziggurat of Nebuchadnezzar, made for the royal astronomers, were made of even stronger burnt brick, enameled in brilliant blue, and cemented with a mortar containing about 35 percent bitumen. The old Jewish Book of Jubilees describes the building of one great tower: And they began to build, and in the fourth week they made brick with fire, and the bricks served them for stone, and the clay with which they cemented them together was asphalt which comes out of the water, and out of the fountains in the land of Shinar.

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