Is Tar Sands the Right Choice?

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Tar sands is a type of unconventional fossil fuel found in large amounts in Canada, Kazakhstan and Russia. It is basically a mixture of sand and bituminous oil .Tar sands has been hailed as the alternative to the fossil fuel from the politically unstable Middle Eastern countries. Subsequently, the United States has been pushing hard to construct a pipeline from Alberta Canada to the coast of the Mexican Gulf to process tar sands oil for domestic consumption. In an age when scientists are warning of the fossil-fuel-driven climate change, should the global community opt to use tar sands for energy security?

Tar sands is definitely a very attractive source of energy since the world is hungry for energy. Energy is needed for national development, particularly in developing countries such as China, India and Brazil. There are large deposits of tar sands globally and the world should tap on this form…

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