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  • Christopher Miller
    For those interested, a Montreal Gazette story today links to a free download this week only of a book on the impact of the Athabasca Tar Sands (More recently
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      For those interested, a Montreal Gazette story today links to a free
      download this week only of a book on the impact of the Athabasca Tar
      Sands (More recently rebaptized the Alberta Oil Sands):


      Publisher offers free download of oil-sands book


      All this week Canadian publisher D & M Publishers Inc. is offering a
      free download of the book Tar Sands by Alberta writer Andrew Nikoforiuk.

      Here's part of a recent review from The Globe and Mail:

      Canada has no cohesive energy policy. Nor does it have a cohesive
      environmental policy. Put the two together, and you get the tar sands
      of Alberta, in all their hideous glory.

      Andrew Nikiforuk's Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent
      lays bare the idiocy of this malignant neglect. The book is, in
      essence, a revolting, blush-making case for Canada to develop
      integrated energy and environmental regulation suitable for the post-
      carbon age. And then swiftly enforce it.

      The Alberta tar sands - which boosters like to reposition as the
      Alberta oil sands because that makes them sound a little cleaner - are
      Canada's dirty little secret. They are the world's largest energy
      project, largest construction project and largest capital project, so
      large that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has likened them to the
      building of the Egyptian Pyramids or the Great Wall of China.

      But their impact on the planet is on a scale that far outpaces those
      other human-built wonders of the world. And what does it leave? The
      monument to a thriving culture? No. Open-pit mines. Tailing ponds full
      of weeping toxic sludge. Masses of local pollution. And enough
      climate- and ocean-destroying carbon dioxide to make it a world-class

      As Nikiforuk shows all too clearly, the massive and growing project
      gulps fresh water, destroys valuable boreal forest, poisons air, water
      and soil and uses up a substantial portion of the energy it produces.
      To wit (using figures Nikiforuk says are conservative): To make one
      barrel of bitumen, the muck that can eventually be processed into
      synthetic crude oil, takes an average of three barrels of fresh water
      and two tons of sand...

      Click here for the rest of the review.

      Click here to download the book.

      -- Monique Beaudin


      URL for the link to the Globe and Mail review:

      URL for the link to the publisher's download home page:


      Christopher Miller
      Montreal QC Canada
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