Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Revised and Updated Edition

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Greystone Books Ltd, Aug 1, 2010 - Political Science - 240 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 world’s 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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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

Contents

Declaration of a Political Emergency
1
It Aint Oil
11
The Vision of Herman Kahn
18
Highway to Hell
38
The Water Barons
60
The Ponds
82
The Fiction of Reclamation
102
Dragons and Pipelines
112
A Wedding and a Funeral
127
Sources and Further Information
220
North American Oil Pipelines
244
Acknowledgements
259
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Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has written about education, economics, and the environment for the last two decades. His books include Pandemonium, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Oil, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and The Fourth Horseman: A Short History of Plagues, Scourges and Emerging Viruses, which won critical raves in England, Canada and the United States. His work has appeared in Saturday Night, Maclean's, Report on Business, Harrowsmith, The National Post, and in The Globe and Mail.

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