The Effects Of Fossil Fuel On Canada 's Northern And Aboriginal Communities

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Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal communities span a vast geographic area with very different circumstances. However, they are similar in the fact that they have all depended on technologies that use fossil fuels—either diesel fuel or coal-based energy generation (Weis, 2013). A disadvantage of diesel fuel is that it is too expensive and risky for these communities. Another disadvantage of fossil fuels is that it can compromise the environment by creating pollution and also contributing to climate change. For instance, numerous diesel spills in remote communities have contaminated buildings and local soils, and have impacted the quality of local air (Weis, 2013). Fossil fuel emissions can also cause health problems for people in these communities (Government of Canada, 2010a). Therefore, using fossil fuel energy can have extensive and unpredictable economic, environmental, and social consequences. In terms of economic consequences, there are high expenses for energy because heating fuel in a cold location such as Northern Canada is high in demand (Government of Canada, 2010a). Another reason for high expenses is due to the expensive transportation costs for diesel fuel to be brought into the Canadian territories, especially in harsh winter conditions (Government of Canada, 2010a). At the same time, prices of diesel fuel fluctuate since it is a non-renewable resource, and this means that relying on it can also be risky (Weis, 2013).
In terms of environmental consequences,…
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