6. This is 10's of billions of $$$. or 100's of billions.
The tarsands has enormous momentum built up over years.
IMO the project can't be stopped, it can only be controlled - the development of it must be taken out of the hands of the corporations owning it, directly profiting from it, because the decisions of those companies has nothing to do with what is of most benefit to the people of NA.
For example, why the *&%# is anyone even thinking about sending raw bitumen sludge all the way from northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico to be processed. What kind of crap has to be melded into that sludge to allow it to flow that distance? What happens to that crap, and the rest of the waste, once it arrives at the Gulf of Mexico? What happens to the desertified land of northern Alberta once the resource is depleted, what happens to the utterly destroyed ecosystem (the rivers, lakes, are already cancerous)? The companies that profit from this development DO NOT WANT THESE TOPICS ADDRESSED, because dealing with these issues requires moneys taken from investors pockets.
IMO what's required is a paradigm shift in North American governance. It is required FAST.
In this regard, I think more credence ought to be given to the South America example, e.g. to the Bolivarian revolution, to that kind of grass roots, people first, thinking where it is understood as patently obvious that *the natural resources of a country belong to the people*.