Alberta Oil Sands Research Paper

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Environment, Alberta. Alberta’s Oil Sands. Opportunity. Balance. Edmonton, AB: Dept. of Environment, 2008. Print.

This publication from the Government of Alberta’s Department of Energy tries to focus on an all-around view of the oil sands. It talks about what they are, how they work, and environmental problems and solutions. The publication is not nearly as current as some other sources, it was published late 2008. It is free from bias but tries to stay overly optimistic, something is a “challenge” not an environmental concern. Since it is a government source it is mostly objective but does try to keep the oil sands in a positive view, possibly to benefit our economy. The publication is factual, accurate, and has a limited bias
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It talks about the what the oil sands are, how they contribute globally, extraction methods, environmental impact, and emerging technologies among other things. The article considers both the environmental impacts and economic benefits of the oil sands and stays objective and free from bias. The article appears to be an update to the “ Alberta’s Oil Sands. Opportunity. Balance.” document as it has much of the same wording. It is much more recent than that article being last revised in February 2013. There is not much to be said about the author as there is no particular person listed, just the Government of Canada. Our government is reliable and rarely uses bad sources or misinformation. This article is an all around great resource to…show more content…
It gives a brief introduction into the oil sands then jumps right into its main topic, covering the environmental effects of mining, carbon emissions, water use and tailings of the oil sands. This article is an effective contrast to the government publications. The government publications try to stay as objective as possible but often are biased by omission, and don’t always give a clear picture. This article is similar, but fights for the other side. The government publications tend to paint the oil sands in a positive light, this tries to paint it in a negative light. The article was written by Simon Dyer, a big name in the oil industry. He is a former director (and current regional director) of the Pembina Institute. They believe that the oil sands has many problems which need to be addressed, but that, through improvements in the laws and technologies of the oil sands that can be accomplished. Simon Dyer is an experienced and reliable source and
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