Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

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Greystone Books Ltd, 2010 - Nature - 268 pages
"A scathing critique." Green Inc. The New York Times

"An astonishingly entertaining read that raises your hackles while raising your awareness." Sustainablog

"Required reading for every citizen." The Georgia Straight

The Alberta tar sands could make Canada the world's second greatest oil exporter by 2050. Although growth has been tempered by the global financial crisis, U.S., Asian, and European investors are still pouring billions of dollars into the megaproject. To extract the world's ugliest, most expensive hydrocarbon, we are polluting our air, poisoning our water, destroying vast areas of boreal forest, and undermining democracy itself. In this new edition of his provocative bestseller, Andrew Nikiforuk assesses recent developments, refutes industry's claim that steam plants are a "greener" way to extract bitumen, and argues more convincingly than ever that it is folly to stake our future on dirty oil.

"Nikiforuk has a point, and he has guts...Buy this book." Edmonton Journal

"A slashing indictment of politicians in the back pockets of energy megacorporations, of regulators cowed into acquiescence, and of all of us who look the other way as we fill our gas tanks," Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down
 

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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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About the author (2010)

Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning Canadian journalist who has been writing about the oil and gas industry for more than two decades. He is the author of multiple non-fiction books, including Tar Sands, winner of the prestigious Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, Saboteurs, winner of Canada's Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction. He was one of the first journalists in North America to document the devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on rural communities.

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