Forests in Alberta, Canada are being replaced by tar sands and refineries
When Mitt Romney cheerily told America that he loves oil, and when Obama was complicit in ignoring climate change during all of the presidential debates, this is what the candidates were ignoring. The Albertan boreal forest above had the misfortune of growing atop a tar sand. It has thus been eliminated in order for the land to be dug up and pumped with chemical-laden water to sluice up the tar, leaving vast amounts of contaminated waste water.
While you’re watching coverage of Hurricane Sandy, and reflecting on what a sincere tragedy it has been, remember that climate disasters are constantly happening, slowly and out of sight, and on a much larger scale than any one storm.