Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

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Greystone Books, a division of D&M, Jan 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 268 pages
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"Tar Sands" critically examines the frenzied development in the Canadian tar sands and the far-reaching implications for all of North America. Bitumen, the sticky stuff that ancients used to glue the Tower of Babel together, is the worldOCOs most expensive hydrocarbon. This difficult-to-find resource has made Canada the number-one supplier of oil to the United States, and every major oil company now owns a lease in the Alberta tar sands. The region has become a global Deadwood, complete with rapturous engineers, cut-throat cocaine dealers, Muslim extremists, and a huge population of homeless individuals.
In this award-winning book, a Canadian bestseller, journalist Andrew Nikiforuk exposes the disastrous environmental, social, and political costs of the tar sands, arguing forcefully for change. This updated edition includes new chapters on the most energy-inefficient tar sands projects (the steam plants), as well as new material on the controversial carbon cemeteries and nuclear proposals to accelerate bitumen production.

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

This book is getting a bit outdated at this point, so it loses some points for that. Overall, lots of the info is good and it's easy enough to just skim over parts where you already get the point or ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Andrew Nikiforuk is a leading investigative journalist who has written about education, economics, and the environment for the past two decades. His journalism has won seven National Magazine Awards and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists. 

Nikiforuk lives with his family in Calgary, Alberta. Whether speaking or writing about melting glaciers, peak oil, the destruction of the boreal forest, or bark beetle outbreaks, Nikiforuk has earned a reputation as an honest and provocative voice in Canadian journalism.

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