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Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Revised and Updated Edition Paperback – July 29, 2010
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"Andrew Nikiforuk paints an alarming picture ... As oil reserves dwindle worldwide, this book sheds frightening new light on the future of energy" Society of Environmental Journalists
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"Required reading for the President in preparation for his first foreign trip" Huffington Post
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My biggest complaint with the book is that the author all but ignored making any consideration for the Dene people, whose ancestral land is being turned into a moonscape in the name of "energy security". I also disliked the author's nonsensical belief that driving less is an effective means of helping to halt the tar sands project. As a non-driver, I do not believe this. I can understand a corporation using the "It's up to individual consumers to change things" remedy to social and environmental ills, but it's depressing to hear it come from the social and environmental activists themselves.
Readers doubtful that there is a problem should Google "tar sands" and read about the process and product. There is a lot of oil and also a lot of pollution resulting. How significant that will be is a matter of interpretation. I agree with the author that it could be catastrophic.
The oil in tar sands is free from the complications of Middle Eastern politics, in a friendly and close-by country. Canada stands to make a great deal of money, so the usual Canadian concern for environment is going to vanish.
This book gives necessary background on an important and colossal, yet somewhat hidden from Americans, ecological rape happening to the North American continent. My only criticism is that I wish he had included more perspectives from First Nation people such as the Athabascan nation. This is a book to read, and then get angry over, and then move to become active in promoting environmental justice and sanity over the extreme greed of the oil industries.
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An eye opening look into the development of one of the planet's dirtiest resources -- you will be both surprised and shocked at some of the blind eyes turned towards this industry... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chris Prange
A real eye opener to the envionmentalTar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Revised and Updated Edition impact of strip miningPublished on December 10, 2012 by Alex J. MacLean
As someone living in the "impact zone", though not directly employed in the oilsand production stream, I find this book woefully inacurate and misleading. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Upstream
This is an important book. Well researched and written, it should be read by all Canadians and by those who have any concerns about our stewardship of this planet. Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by Dr. Michael Kaye
It takes over three times as much fossil fuels to extract tar sands oil as it does for extracting oil from conventional sources. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Treehugger©
Tar Sands is one of those books that cause action for change. Although bias, this novel is an eye opener to what takes place behind the scenes to filling up your car at the pump... Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by JHartman
[This review covers the 2010 Revised and Updated version]
Given the upcoming Canadian election, in which the subject matter may
figure strongly, I felt it was... Read more