- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Signal (May 13 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771046448
- ISBN-13: 978-0771046445
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.8 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Groundswell: The Case for Fracking Hardcover – May 13 2014
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About the Author
Ezra Levant is a lawyer, journalist, and political activist, and a talk host for SUN TV. He is the author of The Enemy Within: Terror, Lies, and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr, Shakedown: How Our Government Is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights, which won the Writers' Trust and Samara's Best Canadian Political Book of the Last 25 Years, and Ethical Oil, winner of the National Business Book Award. He lives in Toronto. The author lives in Toronto.
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However, the tone of the book bothered me at points. For example, Levant rolls his eyes at global warming in a couple parts of the book, without involving it in his central arguments. Back in high school, I learned that this is basic debate error referred to as "begging the question". The pervasiveness of global warming is an entirely different matter of debate, and bringing it up as an aside basically amounts to little more than taunting. There are other aspects to his tone that are "taunting" in nature, particularly in how he refers to his opponents (I can't remember if he used the term "hippy" or not, but it amounts to that at times). It makes the book feel more like propaganda than an accounting of facts, even though he brings up many well-sourced arguments. I can understand why he would want to take on that tone, because the sloppy propaganda-like nature of his opponents' arguments are often far-more pronounced, but I wish Levant would have taken the higher road.
Ultimately, Levant's tone will be off-putting for those with mainstream environmental views, even though his actual arguments should be very appealing to them, and thus there is a lot of wasted potential with regards to the book's ability to sway public opinion. I would love to be able to recommend the book to friends of mine who don't understand why I am perfectly happy to be in this industry, but I don't want to associate myself with Levant's tone. That being said, there are some wonderfully researched facts, statistics, and anecdotes in the book, so I still will have plenty to say next time fracking comes up in conversation!
Ezra, creditably puts to rest the arguments used against fracking seen in Jeff Fox's movie, showing Jeff fabricated just about everything in his movies with the exception of the banjo music.
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