Sierra Club Presents Jessica Aldridge to Speak on Canada’s Tar Sands

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With an estimated 178 billion barrels of oil mixed in the sands of northern Alberta, Canada has the largest proven reserve of bitumen in the world. At the current rate of global consumption, it’s enough to supply the entire planet for more than five years.

It’s also among the most polluting of all petroleum mining, requiring the clearing of large tracts of land, vast quantities of water, and carbon dioxide emissions well above those from conventional crude oil production.

No wonder then, that environmental groups and even the European Union are challenging tar sands mining.

Jessica Aldridge, an organizer for Tar Sands Action Southern California, and executive director of Burbank Green Alliance, will discuss the environmental and political issues, 7:30 p.m., February 6th at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E Willow St, Long Beach.

Her talk, “Overcoming Dirty Tar Sands – A Case for a Clean Energy Economy,” will detail the environmental consequences of tar sands mining and its toxic effects on humans and animals, as well as outlining the risks to the U.S. from the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry Canada’s bitumen production to refineries in Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois. She’ll also discuss tar sands projects in Southern California.

The presentation, illustrated by a PowerPoint program, is free and open to the public.

The Long Beach Group is part of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The group has more than 2,500 members and serves Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Signal Hill and Seal Beach.

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