tar sand


Definition of tar sand

: a natural impregnation of sand or sandstone with petroleum from which the lighter portions have escaped

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For example, JPMorgan Chase quadrupled its tar sands investments. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 The two women and a third defendant had planned to argue that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude was so imminent that their actions were not only morally right, but necessary. Steve Karnowski, The Seattle Times, "Minnesota judge dismisses case against 3 climate activists," 9 Oct. 2018 Trump reversed Obama and authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canadian tar sands fields. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s trophy case," 15 June 2018 By morning rush hour, seven had rappelled down far enough to form an aerial blockade, successfully disrupting tanker transport of tar sands oil from the Burrard Inlet likely headed to Asian markets. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "12 Activists Blocked an Oil Tanker Transporting From the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in Canada," 6 Sep. 2018 Alberta officials said the $5.7 billion project, which the Trudeau government approved in late 2016, is crucial to the growth of its oil industry, which is increasingly dependent on extracting tar sands that are native to the province. Alan Freeman, Washington Post, "Two of Canada’s biggest provinces are feuding over an oil pipeline. Trudeau is caught in the middle.," 25 May 2018 General corporate funding for TransCanada means corporate funding for tar sands production. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Parkland Blueprint for Climate Activism," 8 Mar. 2018 But worse than neglecting the supply-side arm, Trudeau’s support of tar sands development will grow the very stock of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that its demand-side policies are supposed to cut. Richard Denniss, Fortune, "Justin Trudeau’s Pipeline Purchase Isn’t Just Hypocritical, It’s Bad Economics," 30 June 2018 The train was carrying tar sands oil from Alberta to Stroud, Okla., for ConocoPhillips. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Crude oil spills into Iowa river after freight train derailment," 24 June 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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