Alberta Oil Sands

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The Canadian “Alberta Oil Sands” are the third largest oil reserves in the world and has an investment value of over $27 billion. Over 100,000 employment opportunities are generated as a result of the oil sands and it leads to a production rate of approximately 2.3 million barrels per day. One of the largest controversies in Canadian politics is whether to oust the oil sands production or expand it. However between the two articles, “Why Canada needs to develop the oil sands” by Konrad Yakabuski and the article “Stop oilsands expansion, Canadian and U.S. researchers say” by CBC News, the debate is whether to expand the reserves or remain the same. After analysing the two articles it is evident that the author Konrad Yakabuski wrote his article…show more content…
Konrad Yakabuski’s stance on the issue was made clear from the title, “Why Canada needs to develop the oil sands”. The author’s decision to add the word “why” indicates that there will be several pieces of evidence to back up the author’s argument. These pieces of evidence included: How vital the oil sands are to Alberta’s economy, it provides employment, and how the oil sands are a great opportunity for Canada to grow economically. When talking about the province’s economy in relation to the oil sands the author writes, “Oil sands royalties are critical to Alberta’s fiscal health. And Ottawa relies on oil-related tax revenue from Alberta to fund federal programs.” 2 The author also talks about how it is “a source of valuable foreign investment that…show more content…
The article, “Stop oilsands expansion, Canadian and U.S. researchers say” by CBC News is a convincing model of how Canada should progress with the oil sands in the future due to the credibility of the arguments. As stated in the article, “The answer isn’t a moratorium, but even more spending on research to mitigate the industry’s impacts” . All in all, the article was convincing as the analysts show maturity and a sense of realism to understand that the Canadian economy needs the oil sands so expansion may be harmful, but a moratorium is out of the
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