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Earthquakes Spook Animals Too!

This interesting story linking fracking with earthquakes missed an important question: what effect does it have on the wildlife? We can expect that burrows will collapse, killing the critters inside. Earthquakes have been shown to spook animals, vacating them from breeding areas and even causing them to tremble or not eat up to a day afterwards. These are yet another set of questions that remain unanswered in the pursuit of energy and profits.
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You gotta play the game to stay in the game, these worried oil producers are bleating. Lower gas prices today will cripple investment in our expensive oil. Then foreign energy will surprise attack us all with outrageously gas high prices. Could they be worse than what we were already paying, I wonder? This should serve as a reminder that in the long term, alternative energies and systems are a better bet.
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In this fascinating long form article, we meet the man some say is responsible for decimating the Alberta oil industry by lowering oil prices worldwide. The reason? Fear of renewables leading to peak demand, even before we hit peak oil. Too bad Canada invested so heavily into oil instead of renewables these past couple years; we could have kept OPEC up at night by now.
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Colonization of Fort Chipewyan Sickening Residents

The casual skimmer of the Edmonton Journal might see this headline and think impure thoughts. 'Trail-blazing aboriginal doctor worries Fort Chipewyan residents not ready for major lifestyle change' may seem, to the uninformed masses, like Fort Chipewyan needs a major attitude adjustment about their health. Everyone knows that aboriginal communities struggle with smoking, diabetes, drug use, lack of physical activity and poor food choices, right? Fort Chip is no different? Wrong.
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