A Triple Crisis
From: Tar Sands Showdown
This chapter discusses the convergence of three global and potentially deadly crises with implications for the development of the tar sands: (a) peak oil: the end of cheap, abundant supplies of oil as global demand outstrips supply; (b) climate change: global warming generated by the release of greenhouse gases, mainly from the burning of fossil fuels; (c) water depletion: the rapid depletion and contamination of freshwater and other vital natural resources on the planet.
TONY CLARKE is the founder and director of the Polaris Institute in Ottawa, an organization dedicated to developing tools and strategies for civic action on major public policy issues, including energy security, water rights, and free trade. He holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago, has written numerous books, and is the recipient of Sweden's Right Livelihood Award, the "alternative Nobel Prize." Among his most recent books is Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water with Maude Barlow.