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4.29.2009

GREEN IS ALMOST ALWAYS LOGICAL

Canadians, viewed as a logical country, in most cases, does mine oil from places like the Albian Sands project in Alberta. The New York Times green blog pointed out a most illogical head scratcher related to generation of electricity. Extracting oil from sand is an energy intensive endeavor (see Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent) and Canada proposes to use nuclear power instead of natural gas to generate the electricity needed to extract the oil. Since it's estimated that it takes a barrel of oil to create the energy to extract a barrel of oil from tar sands, Canada has proposed to build a $10 Billion nuclear plant.

Why is it necessary to generate more power? Because almost 74% of increased demand for Alberta's electricity is created by the needs of the oil sands project. Seems to create a loop of illogical reasoning? It would also make Canada the first country to use nuclear power to produce fossil fuels.

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