Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands Paperback – May 3 2011
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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
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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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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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.
The issue I take with the book is that he has an underlying theme that because Canada is a stable place to produce oil that we shouldn't strive to deal with global warming or environmental concerns because we are already better than the 3rd world nations who produce oil. As a first world country we should be constantly trying to get better and improve, not simply saying that we're better than most countries so that's good enough.
It also exposes some disturbing facts about some of the environmental groups, i.e., those that seem to have gone rogue from my perspective!
What really caught my attention was the section on Greenpeace.....
But keep in mind that the issue of climate change remains...... With the right balance between economy and environment, there may still be a chance that Canada could come out on top so as to lead from the environmental perspective without a collapsing economy. This book steers clear of the imminent time line in meeting environmental requirements.
I would have preferred the author address more than twisted statistics presented by organisations like Greenpeace and consider what Canadians and industry are doing/could do more regarding aboriginal rights, reclamation, etc.
I'm only 6 chapters in but will update if the time changes and the author does more than set up straw men.
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A very good read by an eloquent author. Is Ezra biased? Sure he is - so what? We all are in one direction or another. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by RickM
every opponent of the oil sands should read this book very educationalPublished 5 months ago by greg baker
Interesting and factual
Insufficient mention of the probable consequences of the development global ewarming. Ecological poisoning by oil spills etc
When the premise of your book is "ignore what we are doing because others are worse" is childish and immature, not to mention incorrect. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bill
There is a lot of BS floating around out there.... this will clear your mind of all that garbage info.Published 17 months ago by Richard Vezina
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