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Little Black Lies: Corporate & Political Spin in the Global War for Oil Hardcover – Oct 1 2012


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books (Oct. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192685568X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926855684
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Canada's tarsands are one of the handful of focal points that will decide the planet's environmental future―because there's a huge pool of carbon there, but also because, as Jeff Gailus makes clear in this revealing book, there's an epic struggle between a government that's a subsidiary of the fossil fuel industry, and a citizenry that's increasingly seeing through their lies.―Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of The End of Nature

(2012-10-01)

Little Black Lies is a must read for Canadians who believe as I do that a healthy democracy can only function if based on fact, not unsubstantiated drivel.―David W. Schindler, Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta and co-author of The Algal Bowl: Overfertilization of the World's Freshwaters and Estuaries

(2012-10-01)

Jeff Gailus has a finely tuned bullsh*t detector and a sharp tongue. He exposes and explains the disingenuous and dangerous propaganda spewed forth by Big Oil and Canadian governments in their attempt to greenwash Alberta’s tar sands.―David R. Boyd, Adjunct Professor, Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University and author of The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment

(2012-10-01)

Little Black Lies is a painstaking depiction of how the Canadian government's oil sands obsession, coupled with the United States' oil addiction, has smashed aside the once-vaunted environmental safeguards of both nations, enabling Big Oil to wreak havoc upon the health, safety, political discourse, and civil society of two failing democracies. Under these extraordinarily dark circumstances, Gailus' call for a resistance that matches the monomania of tar sands boosterism is simple common sense.―David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and The River Why

(2012-10-01)

This well-written and engaging book examines what the author calls the war on truth around the issue of oil and specifically in relation to Alberta's tar/oil sands. Gailus looks at how rhetoric and public relations have taken over the dialogue from science-based facts. He shows how both sides of the debate have been guilty of this, but concentrates more on the larger and more egregious incidents produced by the pro oil-sands side. Key references, additional reading and endnotes are included.―BC Books for BC Schools, 2014-2015

(2012-10-01)

About the Author

Jeff Gailus has been writing about the intersection of science, nature and culture for over 15 years. His poignant journalism and commitment to conservation have allowed him to work with numerous non-profit organizations, including the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, David Suzuki Foundation, Natural Resources Defence Council and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Jeff has earned a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship, a Story of the Year award from the Associated Collegiate Press, and numerous shortlistings and honourable mentions for his magazine writing, as well as Canada Council for the Arts and Alberta Foundation for the Arts grants to work on an environmental history of the Great Plains grizzly. He has taught writing at the University of Oregon and the University of Montana and has led university field courses for the Wild Rockies Field Institute and Wildlands Studies. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Jeff currently resides in Missoula, Montana. His first book in the RMB Manifesto series was The Grizzly Manifesto: In Defence of the Great Bear (RMB, 2010).


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter R. Smith on Aug. 18 2013
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By any measure this is a small book. Just 137, 4.5" by 7", pages. A quick but thought provoking read. Although the book's title doesn't betray it, this book is almost exclusively about the world's second largest "oil" deposits in Northern Alberta. But is it "oil" or is it "tar" that covers the sand under the Athabasca area, because words matter? While in reality the deposits are better described as bitumen, and while up until the last 20 or so years everyone, even the oil companies, referred to it as tar-sands, in the PR war as he author explains, words really do count. And so the two sides take their positions, oil v tar. If you are looking for a few facts to counter the government and oil company spin, the author provides them, but he also does more. Because in the battle to get the counter message out and noticed, environmental groups have also played fast and loose with the facts. Ultimately undermining their own positions and giving the pro-development side an opportunity to attack their credibility. If we only counter little black lies with little green lies we will never discuss the real facts. The author provides enough facts to start our discussion with government, but what we do with those facts is up to us.
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