CHEN WEIDONG

YouTube

The Tar Sands Love Line

A plucky video posted on YouTube Monday spoofs comments by a Chinese oil researcher that compared the oil sands to single women. "Call the Tar Sands Love Line" is a satirical dating service video like...
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Are All the Single Ladies Really Like the Oil Sands?

When I first read that Chen Weidong, chief energy researcher at the CNOOC Energy Economics Institute, had likened the oilsands to "leftover single women," I'll admit I was mightily aggrieved. This is because, well, I resemble that remark. It was flat out offensive. And women, especially single women, are becoming a powerful force in society.