#16: Big Mac On oil sands, SUVs, and sustainability: Taras Grescoe recounts his visit to Alberta boom town Fort McMurray by Chris BerubeNovember 11, 2013 Chris Berube is the host of The Walrus Podcast. Get the Walrus Weekly newsletter Newsletter Events Sign up Recommended Feature Big Mac Fort McMurray has ambitions to become more than a one-resource town by Taras Grescoe The Latest Arts & Culture Is Anne Carson the First Poet with More Fans than Readers? Her abstruse, down-tuned music is the soundtrack to poetry’s institutionalized life in the twenty-first century by Michael Lista Arts & Culture Hour of Twilight Remembering John Bentley Mays, one of Canada’s most prominent and feared art critics by Daniel Baird Feature Money Shot The world just can’t get enough of Canada’s bovine sperm by Tom Jokinen Arts & Culture Shop Talk Can Kim’s Convenience help fix TV’s diversity problem? by Nicholas Hune-Brown Justice Bridesmaid to Justice What I learned about our criminal justice system from my day at jury pool by Jonathan Kay Join the Conversation jeemang I listened to this fearing I’d get the typical, facile, moralistic take on Fort MacMurray and Alberta… and I got the typical, facile, moralistic take on Fort MacMurray and Alberta. Too bad. Regional sentiment being what it is in Canada, I’d say that the sanctimony in which Grescoe liberally indulges as an obstacle on par with any other to reducing the environmental impact of Alberta’s oil industry. Guest Most of us already know that the only way to reduce the environmental impact of Alberta’s oil industry is to elect a government that cares, instead of one who is bent on ruining the entire country. jdee33 Great article and interview – I especially liked how Teras Grescoe provided that while he understood why people trade their convictions to take these jobs that provide monetary wealth, this does not excuse them of contributing to this horrible industry that perpetuates our dire global environmental crisis.