Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

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David Suzuki Foundation, 2009 - Business & Economics - 214 pages
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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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User Review  - Marc - Goodreads

Dry reading. Subject matter is important and interesting. Author doesn't elevate it much. Read full review

Review: Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

User Review  - Marcel - Goodreads

This was a very memorable book. The similes in this book were profound and very... tangibly relate-able. The book succeeded in convincing my then more impressionable mind. I remember sitting in ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Andrew Nikiforuk's work as a journalist – for such magazines as "Saturday Night," "Maclean's," "Canadian Business," "Report on Business Magazine," "Georgia Straight," and "Equinox" – has earned him four National Magazine Awards, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, and top honors from the Association of Canadian Journalists. His best-selling book "School's Out: The Catastrophe in Public Education and What Parents Can Do About It" was shortlisted for the Gordon Montador Award for writing on issues of key social interest. He lives with his wife and three sons in Calgary.

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