The current unrest in the Middle East has highlighted the importance of having a secure oil source to fuel the economic engine, so why should environmental concerns regarding the extraction of oil from the tar sands in northern Alberta be an issue? Why should Americans care? Earthjustice is the largest non-profit public interest law firm in the world that is dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth by enforcing and strengthening the laws meant to protect them. My guest is Sarah Burt, a litigation attorney with Earthjustice where she specializes on issues related to climate change, energy, human rights, and the environment. Sarah is in Earthjustice’s international office located in Oakland, California.