The environmental impact of mining and fracking the oil sands is too complex to be defined by imagery – yet it is. Shocking imagery tailored by vocal NGOs like Greenpeace blow out of proportion the permanent damage to wildlife and ecosystems, overlooking hard facts and concessions that oil sands land reclamation, water recycling, tailings management, and carbon emissions standards are now excellent in most cases. Oil companies like Cenovus are drawn into the fray and market equally false imagery of pristine refineries and pipelines coexisting with nature. The misinformed public is driven to polarity on the issue, and Canada’s global image remains scarred by the misrepresentation of the true appearance and impact of the oil sands industry. Anti-oil sands environmentalists are playing a zero sum game of economy vs. environment that is limiting their own ability to take an active, civil role in ensuring that the cleanliness and efficiency of the oil sands’ upstream and downstream continually improves.
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I’ve read that astronauts describe their first time looking upon Earth from outside as overwhelmingly euphoric – an extraordinary out of body experience in which they felt ageless, nameless, weightless, and profoundly connected to every part of the universe. Apparently, it’s called the “Overview Effect.”
Visiting space is something that I want to do before I die. I’ve known that since I was 5, and I know that many share the same dream, though only about 500 people have ever been outside the planet. The International Space Station has no need for sales guys, so I will wait patiently, grounded, and stream every single SpaceX launch until we discover an extraterrestrial market for smartphone apps and I’m called in to offer my expertise, or until space tourism is accessible.
Less than 10 years ago, a single round-trip ticket to space cost some tycoons $20-35 mm. Today, there are several agencies offering pre-bookings for trips at $100k. Generally, these trips promise a few minutes of the sensation of weightlessness, and a view from about 120km above Earth. Moon tourism has also been deemed feasible by some firms.
Virgin Galactic’s Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo, and SpaceX’s 7-person Dragon capsule, as well as Boeing’s CST-100 capsule, are all well-known early stakeholders in this budding market.
The question is: Will space tourism help or hurt the initiative to explore space for scientific purposes?
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I’ve come to understand that it doesn’t matter what I think is right and wrong, or what I think constitutes appropriate aggregation or great journalism. The market is as the market does.