Sunday, December 11, 2016

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE GOING ON WITH THE OIL INDUSTRY? HOW DOES IT AFFECT CANADIAN PEOPLE? AND WHAT ARE SOME SOLUTIONS TO THIS ISSUE? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS ISSUE?

The oil industry is a very important primary industry in Canada. We use oil to power our cars, heat our homes, and so much more. But while doing all that, there are also many issues going on in the industry that we probably never think of. While there are a lot of issues, the biggest issue depends on you. Some people will say that, the impact the oil industry has on the environment is the biggest, while others will say that the impact on the workers is the biggest. while others might disagree, I would have to agree with the second issue, the impact on workers. In the oil industry, there are many workers working daily to get oil and natural gases. As they breath in hours of oil fumes, and eat/drink food that could come in contact with oil day after day, it is starting to have a serious impact their health. Workers are then at a higher risk for many cancers. Some examples are blood cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreas cancer, prostate cancer, eye cancer, and brain cancer. They can also get blurry vision, headaches, unusual deaths, asthma, heart attacks, damaged liver, skin rashes, and more.
Now, for the people who says that the impact on the environment is the biggest issue. In the industry, they have to clear out an area to start the process of drilling for oil, but while they do this, they are invading/disturbing wildlife habitats and migration routes. The animals lose their homes and would have to go somewhere else where they aren't familiar with. This can be dangerous for the animals. Another example is oil spills. they effect aquatic ecosystems and the economy to fix the problem. Air pollution is another impact the industry has on the environment. As they transport they oil elsewhere, or is using the oil to create different products, the end result includes a bad effect on the air quality. Once the air gets really bad, (an example is China) human's health will start to get affected. So, what are some solutions?  Well, we can plant more trees to help with the air pollution, build plants for recycling used oil, be more eco-friendly, use less oil (carpool), are all examples of what you can oil to help!