Having bussed and hitchhiked my way across the country twice now I've listened to just about every opinion on the tar sands. I don't always push the topic in conversation but the elephant in the room inevitably comes up and almost everyone over the age 20 has an opinion on it. I got rides from wellsite geologists, truck drivers, welders, steam fitters and alike who have all spent time working in the “patch”. I've yet to meet anyone who unflinchingly supports what is going on. Everyone admits that working there is a moral sacrifice, even those who have been coerced into referring to it as the "oil" sands.
Aside from being completely unsustainable, aside from the pollution, aside from global warming, aside from the pipelines, aside from all the obviously dire consequences that come along with tar sands, Im worried about the social impact it is having on our nation.
Wether you are of the opinion that the ends are justified by the means matters not. It is very concerning that some folks are willing to give up their freedom for a cause, while others believe in the cause yet are critical of the method because they cannot stand to let it invade their neighbourhood with eye sore graffiti. This is the kind of division that can pull the thread on once tightly knit communities.
With that being said, I’ll let you review the evidence and decide for your self. Do you support a diversity of tactics? When the forces that be are so inaccessible, so powerful, so unrelenting, how far are you willing to go? What are you willing to condone? Your backyard may not be a tailings pond, but someones is, and I bet that someone is willing to trade in your defaced mural for that tailings pond any day.