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Throwing petrol on a fire: the human and environmental cost of tar sands production

Citation: Huseman, Jennifer and Short, Damien (2011) Throwing petrol on a fire: the human and environmental cost of tar sands production. Commonwealth Opinion . pp. 1-3.

In this opinion piece, independent researcher Jennifer Huseman and Senior Lecturer in Human Rights in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Dr Damien Short, examine Canada’s tar sands oil industry and its effect on indigenous communities. They describe how the industry ‘externalities’ of environmental degradation and pollution are seriously affecting the health of indigenous communities and threatening their physical and cultural survival. Furthermore,due to the enormous carbon footprint associated with the exploitation of the tar sands, the authors argue that they are a danger to us all. They call for a halt to tar sands expansion, the instigation of effective environmental clean-up procedures and measures to address the health issues facing indigenous peoples as a result of tar sands operations. They also call on national and international financial institutions to immediately withdraw funding from the tar sands expansion and operations.

Creators: Huseman, Jennifer and Short, Damien (0000-0001-5897-2732) and
Subjects: Economics
Human Rights & Development Studies
Divisions: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Collections: Commonwealth Opinion Series
  • 2011 (published)


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