People say that Fort McMurray is the world’s largest cul de sac, and that Highway 63, which forms that cul de sac where the oil sand mines end, has the reputation for being one of the world’s most deadly highways. Two lanes. Bad weather. Big trucks. Tired oil workers. People in a hurry. It’s a bad combination.
The highway around Fort McMurray has heavy commuter traffic. People often need three hours to get from a new housing development to work at the mines, a trip that would take 40 minutes without traffic. And there’s often traffic on the long haul to Edmonton and beyond. Read More
We grabbed a bite to eat at The Tavern. This sign hung just inside the door. It can be seen on bulletin boards at various businesses thanks to a conservative Canadian group called Ethical Oil, which printed the posters. The campaign hopes to convince people that oil produced in Canada is more ethical than the oil mined in other countries.
The “conflict oil” is a play on “conflict diamonds,” a term coined to describe diamonds sold by rebel groups in African countries beset by civil war. The “ethical oil” might reference a book with that title. The book argues that producing oil sands is ethically superior to helping the economies of Saudi Arabia or Venezuela, countries that lack many human rights. Read More