This post about the oil sands is brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of CAPP.
I love road trips. I love the excitement of pointing my truck at an open road, even if I know what waits at the end, because there’s always something new to see along the way.
Sometimes, as I drive the highways between Vancouver Island and Alberta, I think about the explorers who passed that way two hundred years ago. That makes me appreciate not only the routes they found through the mountains, but the wonders of modern technology–my truck, the gas and the oil that keeps it running, the pavement that lets us spin along at 100 km an hour, the cell phone and the laptop stashed on the seat beside me.
Growing up in central Alberta, I’ve seen first-hand the processes that make all of this technology available to me. My father works in the oil and gas industry, as did my father-in-law and my uncle. My godfather worked in Fort McMurray. On one childhood visit, we had the chance to tour the oil sands and see just how the bitumen was taken out of the ground and made into all the products we use in our everyday lives. I remember the truck tire that was bigger than my dad, but I also remember all the new little trees planted to reclaim the land after the oil sands were mined.
The other day, I saw a car with two bumper stickers on the back that read: “No oil tankers.” “No pipelines.” I wanted to get out and ask, “So, no car?” It seemed rather ironic that this person was against the transportation of the oil and gas that fueled his transportation.
I love nature. I love mountains and huge trees and lakes and following paths in places that few other people have walked. I like to imagine what this land looked like two hundred years ago when those explorers first saw it, before we put houses and roads and cities all over the place. While I can appreciate the parts of the world that have been as yet untouched by man, I also believe that we are stewards of this world and the resources in it.
Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world, with most of that located in the oil sands of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Today’s world runs on petroleum products, from the oil and gas we use to fuel our transportation to the many other products we use in our daily lives. Canada’s oil sands can meet the world’s growing energy needs and create thousands of new jobs.
For more information about the oil sands industry, visit oilsandstoday.ca.
This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of CAPP.