Rex Murphy on the National Geographic Oil Sands article
. Getting anything out of the ground has never been pretty. “An open wound on the fair bosom of mother nature” could be the caption for every single mine that has ever existed on this earth. Getting oil from the oil sands will be – during the process – even more scarifying.
But I’d like to offer some counter thoughts. If we want to live the way we do in the 21st century, and apparently we do, if we want to have jobs, houses, hospitals, schools, universities, cars, communications, a military, a transportation network - getting stuff out of the ground, and finding energy to run the world, is an absolutely necessary thing.