One third of Canada’s
greenhouse gas emissions are the fault of Alberta.
Alberta has the
second-largest oil reserve on Earth. Although Alberta has experienced
great economic success through the production of oil sands, their
environment is experiencing detrimental impacts and Alberta needs to take
(THESIS STATEMENT) In Alberta,
the use of oil sands (to produce fuels) should be limited due to its
extremely high water consumption during creation, its influence on the
ecosystem, and its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
IDEA 1: (there is
some repetition here from PART A but I’ll
make sure the essay doesn’t sound redundant)
So how is this so
destructive? The production of oil sands uses a lot of water, emits a
huge amount of greenhouse gasses, and impacts the ecosystem of Northern
But this doesn’t make sense…
how can this production use so much water if they are constantly reusing
it? To put it simply, this production requires so much water, that even
recycling the water multiple times can’t stop the production from using
more water than the whole city of Calgary over the course of a year.
According to an article by
Simon Dyer, a professional biologist in Alberta, “Companies are
currently licensed to withdraw over 590,000,000 cubic meters of water per
year, which is equivalent to what a city of 3 million people would
require.” This is quite ridiculous right?
So all in all, this shows
that recycling water is not enough for oil sands.
Oil sands also influence the
ecosystem of Alberta, especially when it comes to aquatic life and
Oil sands projects emit
nitrous oxides and sulphur, which can cause waterbodies to acidify due to
the deposition of these acid-forming substances on soils, the snowpack or
waterbodies. This can have effects on the aquatic organisms, the aquatic
pH and the ecosystem’s stability.
Not only are water and the
environment problems when it comes to oil sands production, but so is
greenhouse gas emissions. The production of oil sands in Alberta makes the
province responsible for one third of all greenhouse gas emissions in
The government of Alberta is
not thinking ahead, especially when it comes to climate change. Oil sands
are a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and if action is
not taken, this problem will only. grow.
To conclude, the use of oil
sands should definitely be limited to reduce the impacts on the ecosystem,
the greenhouse gas emissions, and water usage. This is crucial and if we
limit the use of oil sands, climate change can be slowed down.
So, in doing so, we are not
only helping the environment, but ensuring the success of future