Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

by Andrew Nikiforuk
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553654070
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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