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Are Your Unused Tar Sands Like ‘Unmarried Single Women?’ Call The Tar Sands Love Line.

By Stephen Lacey  

"Are Your Unused Tar Sands Like ‘Unmarried Single Women?’ Call The Tar Sands Love Line."

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A bizarre headline, I know. But even stranger is that someone actually made that comparison.

Speaking about China’s demand for Canadian tar sands at a conference in Beijing earlier this month, a Chinese energy researcher compared unused tar sands to “unmarried single women.”

“It’s the same situation as the leftover single women. … It will be the same for the oil sands, they will be outdated just like unmarried single women,” said Chen Weidong, a chief energy researcher at the CNOOC Energy Economics Institute.

That sparked a new piece of satire from the folks at Deep Rogue Ram, the creative group behind the rogue weathergirl series. One of the people who produced the video, Heather Libby, also wrote another great skit comparing the Keystone XL pipeline to an annoying ex-boyfriend who won’t take “no” for an answer.

Watch the Tar Sands Love Line:


 

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10 Responses to Are Your Unused Tar Sands Like ‘Unmarried Single Women?’ Call The Tar Sands Love Line.

  1. Anne says:

    The whole reason oil is oil is because it’s been in the ground for so long – is ultra-ultra-out-dated so to speak. He is thinking that oil spoils if left undrilled for too long? And do unmarried women also spoil if they don’t marry “soon enough”? Very strange but I do think the underlying thought process is akin to Todd Akin’s crazy comments about rape. Both women and oil need and want to be drilled, apparently.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Anne! It looks like China has its share of unreconstructed patriarchs, too. ‘Women hold up half the sky’ as Mao once said, no doubt ‘borrowing’ the expression from antiquity. They do more than half the work for considerably less than half the wealth, too. There’s a lot of things that need fixing, once we’ve survived, that is.

  2. Nell says:

    Isn’t there a shortage of single women in china?

    • Merrelyn Emery says:

      Are you going to let a few facts get in the road of an age old prejudice? ME

    • Ozonator says:

      Sadly, there have been stories of selection for males in the rural areas with the 1 child policy. However, if true, some young males will always find a way to overcome the lack of girls and derricks.

    • Mark E says:

      Over the years I have met many families with adopted Chinese girls, but never – repeat never – an adopted Chinese son.

  3. David Heintz says:

    Yes and a tree is just a log without a job.

  4. Tami Kennedy says:

    U.S. uses tar sands in their magic energy independence math that ignores climate issues.

  5. Mark E says:

    What do you get when you call that phone number used in the video (1-866-770-8696)?