The Case for Canada's Oil Sands
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4641-4 (0-7710-4641-3)
Pub Date: September 14, 2010
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Canada's "no. 1 defender of freedom of speech" and the bestselling author of Shakedown makes the timely and provocative case that when it comes to oil, ethics matter just as much as the economy and the environment.
In 2009, Ezra Levant's bestselling book Shakedown revealed the corruption of Canada's human rights commissions and was declared the "most important public affairs book of the year." In Ethical Oil, Levant turns his attention to another hot-button topic: the ethical cost of our addiction to oil. While many North Americans may be aware of the financial and environmental price we pay for a gallon of gas or a barrel of oil, Levant argues that it is time we consider ethical factors as well. With his trademark candor, Levant asks hard-hitting questions: With the oil sands at our disposal, is it ethically responsible to import our oil from the Sudan, Russia, and Mexico? How should we weigh carbon emissions with human rights violations in Saudi Arabia? And assuming that we can't live without oil, can the development of energy be made more environmentally sustainable? In Ethical Oil, Levant exposes the hypocrisy of the West's dealings with the reprehensible regimes from which we purchase the oil that sustains our lifestyles, and offers solutions to this dilemma. Readers at all points on the political spectrum will want to read this timely and provocative new book, which is sure to spark debate.
WINNER 2011 - National Business Book Award
"[Levant's book] has clearly had a huge impact on the debate."
— Calgary Herald
"Ethical Oil provides some desperately needed perspective."
— National Post
"Compelling....Ethical Oil posits some uncomfortable answers, making it a challenging and provocative read."
— Halifax Chronicle-Herald
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Shocking Truth About the Oil Sands
Chapter 1 What Are the Oil Sands and Why Are They Important?
Chapter 2 The Very Short List of Democracies That Sell Oil
Chapter 3 Then What? The Sad Case of Talisman in Sudan
Chapter 4 If America Doesn’t Buy Oil Sands Oil, Who Will?
Chapter 5 A Moral Checklist for Oil Companies
Chapter 6 Say One Thing, Do Another: Ethical Funds and the Oil Sands
Chapter 7 The Most Scrutinized Industry on Earth: Environmental Protection and the Oil Sands
Chapter 8 Greenpeace’s Best Fundraiser Ever
Chapter 9 The Cancer Scare That Wasn’t
Chapter 10 Propaganda Wars
Chapter 11 Saudi Arabia’s War Against the Oil Sands
Chapter 12 Green Jobs: The Enron of Environmentalism
EZRA LEVANT is a lawyer, journalist, and political activist. As the publisher of Western Standard magazine, he was charged by the Government of Alberta for publishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed. He is a frequent radio talk show guest known for his plain-spoken opinions, and he has written columns for media throughout North America. His most recent book, Shakedown, was a national bestseller.
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