The type of oil that comes out of the tar sands is called bitumen, which is spelled the same in Spanish, though in English the accent is on the i and in Spanish on the u.
I was part of the fabulous global day of action for climate change today. May the leaders in Paris for COP21 follow our lead! Here in Toronto we marched in the dark with lights, lighting the way to the 100% possible goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050. Canada has long been a pariah at these talks, in part because of the huge impact of the Canadian tar sands, on both the climate and on Canadian politics. It is a huge relief that it is Justin Trudeau representing us now instead of Harper, here's hoping that he comes through on his promises this week in Paris.