The Alberta tar sands: A crisis of contemporary capitalism in Canada
LE3 .A278 2011
Bachelor of Arts
Using ecosocialist theory this research examines the environmental, social and political repercussions of tar sands production in Northern Alberta, Canada. It argues that the Alberta tar sands exemplify contemporary capitalist exploitation of the environment and working people through the use of neo-liberal economics, policies and tactics that further the interests of a capitalist class. By drawing on data from scientific studies, media publications, books and journals, the research maintains that tar sands „development‟ has destroyed local environments and communities and threatened the sovereignty of First Nations, Canadian, and global populations through the use of environmentally unsound practices and neglect for human life in the name of profit maximization.
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