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The deep darkness of a cloudy desert night in Canyon Country provided a dramatic backdrop on Tuesday when activists from Occupy Moab, Before it Starts and the Moab Light Brigade set up letters spelling NO TAR SANDS on the Colorado River bridge.  From the river’s edge, it was as if there were two signs; the blue letters were silently reflected on the surface of the gently rippling water.

Local activists describe the Light Brigade action on the pedestrian bridge as they await a jetboat tour to pass underneath.

Local activists describe the Light Brigade action on the pedestrian bridge as they await a jetboat tour to pass underneath.

Every night around 8 pm, the serenity of the place is interrupted as a jetboat, accompanied by a slow-moving spotlight truck on the river road, passes under the bridge. Tourists had a chance to see something that wasn’t normally part of the tour.

Me: “Do you think [U.S. Oil Sands] is actually going to start mining tar sands?”

Max: “No. Ne’re gonna beat em!”

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From the river’s edge. (My occupywallstreet-worn cameraphone did not do it justice)

 

 

 April 3, 2013  Posted by at 12:07 pm Actions, Art projects Tagged with: , , ,
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Oil shale and tar sands remains a speculative industry in the arid lands of the Colorado Plateau. A general lack of water is why the industry will never be viable. Even if alternative chemical washes are used to separate bitumen from sand, for example, it still requires 1.5 to 2 barrels of water to refine a single barrel of oil. What this extraction will accomplish is physical damage to the Colorado River watershed, which supplies culinary water to nearly 30 million people. It will also create more CO2 in the atmosphere, which is the #1 killer of the Rocky Mountain snowpack, which provides 85% of the Colorado River’s total annual water supply. Our watershed needs investors to create a reliable energy supply that will heal the water supply of the Colorado River, not destroy it.

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