Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn't Seem to Care) Paperback – Sep 30 2008
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“[Marsden brings] a fresh pair of discerning eyes to an unusual series of nation-changing events. . . . [H]e confidently reports how an entire province is destroying itself, and then asks why no one in Canada ‘seems to care.’ . . . The biggest stupidities that Marsden discovers could and probably should shock any Canadian. . . . Yet Marsden’s unsettling exposé of careless decision-making sheds more needed light on some very dark corners in Alberta (and Canada). He has walked into a provincial boom-town, populated largely by arrogant and greedy males (Hells Angels with suits), and not flinched. Good on you, partner.” —Andrew Nikiforuk, The Globe and Mail
“This is a powerfully eloquent polemic.” —Edmonton Journal (September 14)
“Marsden’s book is an engaging and entertaining read. . . . [A] worthwhile read and it will likely generate a fair bit of discussion about the industry.” —National Post
“[Marsden’s] book is a good primer on many of these urgent problems . . . Marsden has held the environmental mirror up to Albertans and it’s not a pretty sight—as many here have known for some time. . . . Marsden tells his story with a judicious mixture of personal stories and technical details of oil and gas extraction.” —Edmonton Journal
“For the . . . dozen or so Albertans who believe the energy industry and its friends in the Alberta government are neither all good nor all bad and who believe the same of ardent death-to-civilization environmentalists—[you] need to read this book. . . . [T]his book could not have come out at a more opportune time. Marsden takes the worries of ordinary citizens and voices them . . . he pulls together all the disparate concerns into a readable whole. . . . None of us can feel smug. The sensible use of non-renewable resources is all of our duty, regardless of our association with the energy business.” —Calgary Herald
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William Marsden is co-author of the international bestsellers Angels of Death and The Road to Hell. He is an award-winning senior investigative reporter for the Gazette in Montreal.
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All this from one who lives here.
Marsden begins by supplying a great deal of informative historical background of the oil sands project, including a bizarre scheme in the 1950s to extract oil via controlled nuclear explosions. He also provides an inside view of the immense scale oil sands excavations by visiting the projects and talking with the workers. This sets the stage for the critique to come.
The two primary targets polemically identified by Marsden (the "stupid" ones of the title) are the oil industry and governments within the province of Alberta.
Marsden describes a heavily subsidized industry that flouts the rule of law, uses propaganda and intimidation to achieve its ends, is deliberately deceitful, and remains astonishingly ignorant of the long term effects (environmental, social, and financial) of its activities. He illustrates how time and time again the massive public relations machine of the oil industry obscures facts and keeps citizens in the dark (for example, by stating that the toxic petrochemical-related products suddenly infusing wells and land are naturally occurring).
The second side of the problem rests with an impotent and largely incompetent provincial government.Read more ›
Please Canada: Save us from our selves. We've elected more losers to make foreign companies rich, while starving our own people and the rest of Canada. Help, we're Stupid to the Last Drop and there is no 'seeming' about, we really don't care!
A lot of the material and facts presented in this book are things that the media will never go into depth with because it is very complex, and is beyond basic understanding. When you read this book you will see that there are reasons the price of gas is so high and all though you may not accept gas prices, you will have an understanding of how they got there, and what is expected to happen in the future, and from the way that this author presented the material, he gives you the idea that this gas battle has just started and that many of the major problems (demand & supply) are just starting to surface.
I will stop there because I don't want to spoil it, but I do recommend that you read it. Although it may be hard for some people to read because it is not an easy read, as it has many senoir University level words in there
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Excellent walk through the unbelievably crazy history of the tar sands, and the US interest in them. The title says it all. No wonder it is a national best seller.Published 19 months ago by Slow Walker
This book should be reqired reading for all politicians at all levels. VERY ILLUMINATING!Published on March 22 2010 by J. M. Dejax
...and not only bringing environmental armageddon, but Biblical armageddon too. I'm sick and tired of the fundamentalist Christians' literal interpretation of the Bible from the... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2009 by C. G. Bowers
Well documented, researched and presented, this work is a real eye-opener as to what Big Oil is really doing with the complicity of Alberta's Conservative Party. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2009 by Keith in Canada
This book is a very negative view of the Alberta oil and gas industry which is very one-sided and myopic. Read morePublished on May 4 2009 by David Moe
Everyone knows about Alberta's Tar-Sands, but to most it is a far-away disaster. Marsden''s book grabs you from the opening paragraph, and takes you on a journey to the heart of... Read morePublished on March 27 2009 by Guy Dauncey
When I first learned about 'Stupid to The Last Drop,' by William Marsden, I knew that I had to read it. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2008 by Jonathan Clark
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