Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

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Greystone Books, 2009 - Business & Economics - 214 pages

Winner of the 2009 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award , from the Society of Environmental Journalists


Canada has one third of the world’s oil source; it comes from the bitumen in the oil sands of Alberta. Advancements in technology and frenzied development have created the world’s largest energy project in Fort McMurray where, rather than shooting up like a fountain in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, the sticky bitumen is extracted from the earth. Providing almost 20 percent of America’s fuel, much of this dirty oil is being processed in refineries in the Midwest. This out-of-control megaproject is polluting the air, poisoning the water, and destroying boreal forest at a rate almost too rapid to be imagined. In this hard-hitting book, journalist Andrew Nikiforuk exposes the disastrous environmental, social, and political costs of the tar sands and argues forcefully for change.


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An excellent book which not only gives the reader an inside view into the workings of the tar sands, but also assess its environmental and social impact. Andrew Nikiforuk illustrates the true cost of ... Read full review

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Andrew Nikiforuk is a good writer. This book, like others of his I've read, is easy to read and written in an engaging style. It looks at the development of Alberta's tar sands from environmental ... Read full review

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