Sunday, April 12, 2009

Shining a light on the tar sands

Tar SandsI just finished reading Andrew Nikiforuk’s Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent.

Heavily researched and well-written, Nikiforuk serves up a damning indictment of Alberta’s (and Canada’s) progression to becoming just another failing petro-state.

The book’s inconvenient truths will both educate the reader and piss him or her off, but they needed to be said and Nikiforuk does so in a very compelling way.

In my opinion, this book is a must-read for anyone trying to understand the current state of Canadian and Albertan politics, as well as anyone concerned about the environmental disaster the tar sands represent to the people of northern Alberta, and perhaps to the entire continent.

For a more detailed review, link here.

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