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Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands [Hardcover]

Ezra Levant
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Sept. 14 2010
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.

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"[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

About the Author

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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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
I'm a liberal and someone who cares greatly about the environment. I am aware however that a lot of causes that are supposed to be helpful for the environment such as recycling are not as beneficial as we would perceive and you can't believe what you hear from biased groups such as Greenpeace and co.

Ethical Oil is Ezra's take on why Alberta's Oil sands are the best option to supply the world with oil. He makes extremely logical and straightforward points and his writing is clear and articulate, I feel sorry for those people who will debate him on this topic ( see the poor guy from Greenpeace here: [...] ). This book should be essential reading for Canadians as the Oil Sand issue is going to be a big topic in our near future and Canadians should be well informed on the issue and get all sides of the story.

Although most of us are aware that oil comes from parts of the world that we'd rather not send money too (Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, etc) we don't really think about it. Ezra's book really makes you understand what you're financing when you're buying oil from these parts of the world and why Canadian oil is the best option.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This latest book from Ezra Levant was released last Tuesday. As the subtitle suggests, _Ethical Oil_ is an impenitent and unapologetic "case for Canada's oilsands". Though it may be lost on many who are unfamiliar with Levant, this book shares an interesting link with his previous book, _Shakedown_.

One of the objectives of _Shakedown_ - which, I dare say, was largely successful - was the denormalization of Canada's Human Rights Commissions (CHRCs). Levant sought to change public perception of the CHRCs from that of general positivity to general disgust such that any future discussions about the CHRCs would be over before they begin.

_Ethical Oil_ is also about denormalization. In arguing his case for Alberta's oil sands oil, Levant seeks to denormalize the denormalization that a myriad of critics are engaged in against the oil sands. Says Levant about the question of supporting the oil sands: "It's an important question to ask because critics of Canada's oil sands complain that the oil isn't just environmenally dirty but somehow has moral failures, that it is inherently evil. It's an attempt to denormalize the oil sands, to make them so morally repugnant that any debate about them is over before it starts." (p. 19)

I suppose you could say that two denormalizations amount to normalization. Levant seeks to normalize Alberta's oil sands.

The methodology of _Ethical Oil_ is to argue for the oil sands from a politically liberal world-and-life view. The question this methodology is employed to answer is not "whether we should use oil sands oil instead of some perfect fantasy fuel that hasn't been invented yet. Until that miracle fuel is invented, the question is whether we should use oil from the oil sands or oil from other places in the world that pump it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Ezra Levant provides a perspective based on fact. His use of so many references to other published articles provides support to his support of the oil sands. I will never be at a loss as to the reasons why I feel the oil sands is a great asset to all Canadians and the world as a whole. It is clear that western democracies are held to the highest standard and are the targets of areas of the world who despise their loss of influence/power that they have maintained for generations because of oil. THis book was a great read that truly opened my eyes as to the positives about the oil sands and Canada!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational Aug. 30 2013
By Kaman
A very informative book on an important subject. I learned a great deal about various energy exporting sources and their treatment of their own citizens through reading this fine book. Ezra is a passionate man, and I love his passion. 5/5
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Important, could have been so much better April 13 2011
To begin with, I'd like to acknowledge that Levant's book is full of interesting and useful information about the social, economic, and political world of oil. He makes some strong arguments that Alberta's oilsands aren't nearly the villain that many make them out to be. But he weaves his research together with a logic that is at times convoluted and sometimes seems to miss the point completely.

Early in the book, Levant lambastes advocacy groups who applied so much pressure to Talisman Resources that the company eventually pulled out of Sudan. He notes that Talisman had done much for human rights in this highly corrupt dictatorship and that when they pulled out, it was a disaster for the people, possibly even a factor in the Darfur genocide. Okay, granted. Given this, how does encouraging America to invest in the 'ethical oil' of Alberta's oilsands help places like Sudan? His argument is a valid criticism of overzealous activists, but it doesn't say anything about the oilsands (except perhaps, "Activists have been wrong before, so they could be wrong again," but that doesn't make for a very powerful argument).

Levant's discussion of ethical stock options really left me scratching my head. Useful and eye-opening information, to be sure. But how does the fact that stock companies that claim to be ethical apparently invest in everything from Three Mile Island, a Chinese-Tibetan railroad, and tobacco to Alberta's oilsands further the case that the oilsands are ethical? To be sure, he harnesses this topic as one more way to mock those whom he at various points in the book refers to as "fair trade coffee-drinking, Prius-driving, Green Party-voting, recycler[s] who dabble in vegetarianism," Che-T-shirt wearers, and "bicycle-riding, hemp-wearing investor[s]".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book most of the lib-left, tree-hugging types won't ...
A book most of the lib-left, tree-hugging types won't bother to read. Nor would they publicly agree with Ezra if they did take the time to read it.
Published 1 month ago by Mianke
5.0 out of 5 stars this will clear your mind of all that garbage info.
There is a lot of BS floating around out there.... this will clear your mind of all that garbage info.
Published 2 months ago by Richard Vezina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Carol Droeske
4.0 out of 5 stars ethical oil as Canada's oil sand's oil
the book is a critique of environmentalism based on argument for the oil sands. It is a narrative which differs from most anti-oil views of the oil sands because it considers the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by david hicks
4.0 out of 5 stars Ethical Oil (great book)
Clear and concise work.
I wish President Obama would approve Keystone and I hope Alberta will be honest with Canada's resources. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard Giroux
1.0 out of 5 stars Neo-con shill propaganda
More of the same neo-con propaganda we see every day on the corporate media. I am very upset that I actually paid money for this!
Published 7 months ago by Calvin Wrench
5.0 out of 5 stars All Canadians should read
This book gives you scientific information on the oil sands not emotion, however you should be proud of how well we are doing.
Published 14 months ago by sandy
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible book
What a biased book written terribly by a crappy author supporting a terrible cause. This book is full of fallacies including but not limited to red herrings, false dichotomies,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Avery Steinberg
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible, terrible, terrible
While note opposed to the oil sands by any means this book is filled with nothing but rhetoric and propaganda. There isn't one solid argument to be had in the whole book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by The Benevolent Robot
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding clear, neutral perspective
Ethical Oil is an outstanding piece of work. Using several neutral, practical measures, Levant breaks down leftist myths about global warming and explains why Canada's oilsands -... Read more
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