How do you want to be classified? For those of us who aren’t from the country of the big red maple leaf, be careful what words you choose. Here’s what your terminology says about you:
“Oil Sands”: Rational centrist, brought to you by Big Oil.
“Tar Sands”: Radical, tree-hugging, soy latte-drinking, freedom-hating, Canada-destroying communist working under the influence of meddling foreign interests; part-time terrorist.
And you wonder why conversations about this can get… sticky. Let it be noted that the Quebecois don’t have this semantic problem: they have one term, and only one term: les sables bitumineux. And it suits everyone just fine.