Free Read [Fantasy Book] ✓ Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn't Seem to Care) - by William Marsden ñ



A bestselling investigative journalist takes a tour of the Alberta oil and gas industry, revealing how Canada s richest province is squandering our chance for a sustainable future.In its desperate search for oil and gas riches, Alberta is destroying itself As the world teeters on the edge of catastrophic climate change, Alberta plunges ahead with uncontrolled developmentA bestselling investigative journalist takes a tour of the Alberta oil and gas industry, revealing how Canada s richest province is squandering our chance for a sustainable future.In its desperate search for oil and gas riches, Alberta is destroying itself As the world teeters on the edge of catastrophic climate change, Alberta plunges ahead with uncontrolled development of its fossil fuels, levelling its northern Boreal forest to get at the oil sands, and carpet bombing its southern half with tens of thousands of gas wells In so doing, it is running out of water, destroying its range land, wiping out its forests and wildlife and spewing huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, adding to global warming at a rate that is unrivalled in Canada or almost anywhere else in the world It s digging, drilling and blasting its way to oblivion, becoming the ultimate symbol of Canada s and the world s pathological will to self destruct.Nowhere has the world seen such colossal environmental destruction as is being wreaked on Alberta At one point the province even went so far as to consider a scientist s idea of nuking its underbelly to get at the tar sands Stupid to the Last Drop looks at the increasingly violent geopolitical forces that are gathering as the world s gas and oil dwindle and the Age of Oil begins its inevitable slide towards oblivion As Canadians deplete their energy reserves, selling them off to Americans at bargain basement prices, no thought is given to conservation or the long term needs of the nation.In this powerful polemic, William Marsden journeys across the heart of a province seized by the destructive forces of greed, power and the energy business, and envisions a very bleak future.
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Commentaires:

Dianne
The situation in Flint, Michigan where the lead in the water is causing irreversible health problems brings this book to mind. The politicians and mining companies in Alberta have been covering up the increased rates of cancer there. If you are interested in the topic of clean water this book should be on your list.

Mikey B.
This, to some extent, is a doomsday scenario of the eventual demise of Alberta through the over exploitation of its oil and gas resources. To a degree this is a warranted prognosis. Much of Alberta’s resources are environmentally difficult to extract compared to oil in Arab countries. The extraction methods are environmentally invasive; the tar sands around Fort McMurray and natural gas in southeastern Alberta are the prime examples used in this book. The rivers and water sheds are being chemi [...]

Horus
This book is an excellent read and is another damning indictment of how Canada continues to squander our resources. From the serious consideration of using nuclear bombs to break up the shale under the tar sands to make the oil flow, to the wholesale abandonment of responsibility for the health and welfare of Canadians, particularly Albertans, this book should be drilled into the heads of all politicians. Even if you are not an environmentalist, this book should alarm anyone who recognizes that [...]

Michael Burns
Real nice eye opener that took me in depth to some of the history, politics, motives, environmental impact, and some of the people affected by the Albertan oil industry. In each chapter, Marsden strategically focuses on an aspect of the industry, brings forward individuals engaged with that aspect, and discusses their experiences with that aspect and the general impact on environmental, social, and political fronts. I'm not used to reading political matters, but the basic take-away I got is; the [...]

Steven Teasdale
William Marsden is an author and investigative journalist who bravely took on the Hell’s Angels biker gang in a series of books and columns. Now he’s after a bigger, richer, and far more deceptive foe… the Canadian oil industry. Marsden goes to the physical and metaphorical heart of Canada’s oil country to provide an incisive examination of an environmental catastrophe effected by a manipulative oil industry in denial and aided an impotent and incompetent system of governments.Marsden be [...]

Jim Labelle
This is a truly stunning condemnation of Alberta's energy policies and the exploitation of this precious resource. It is mainly about the tar sands but covers other matters associated with the oil and gas industry and how it affects the ecosystem, the economy and the health and well-being of Albertans and their neighbours. The days of easily accessed oil reserves is past. Now industry must use draconian methods to extract oil using and polluting Alberta's scarce groundwater and water reserves. O [...]

Lee
"With the billions of dollars in tax subsidies and royalty holidays that this industry receives each year, Canadians are subsidizing the total destruction of this environment." (p 195) I wish all Alberta taxpayers would read this book, though I don't think even if all of us who were not making a dime off this devastating industry all banded together we could make one bit of difference. Government has really sold us out, & there seems to be no way to stop these industries in their quest for m [...]

Bruno de Maremma
A good accompaniment to 'The Shock Doctrine' and 'American Theocracy'. Thanks to the Alberta government's unquestioning embrace of Chicago School economics we are living in a time of unbridled destruction of our environment for the sake of easy money. Marsden describes the folly of the mandatory sale of our resources to the U.S the short sightedness of the provincial leaders in destroying the Athabasca River delta thru unconstrained growth of oil sands development and the grave environmental con [...]

Phil
Very interesting book, revealing and surprising. The entire industry and Canadian politics are corrupt and set in their ways such that it seems foolish to expect a change. Marsden skillfully captures views from past government officials, mayors, ranchers, members of the public, First Nations, doctors, oil sands executives and supervisors, scientists and more to present readers with what the media doesn't report on and energy companies keep hidden. Marsden investigated thoroughly for this book an [...]

Spagetes
This book should have been a tedious and maybe obvious read, given the subject matter. But the author tackled the subject so well, laying out his comprehensive investigation with a cool dry wit and readable narrative. It is hard to pick out which factor is more enraging, from the environmental damage, to how the natives have been poisoned and screwed out of treaty rights, to how the resource is being liquidated at firesale prices to foriegn companies. One thing I think that could have been explo [...]

Rick
I wouldn't call this a page-turner, but it was informative, if you're interested in oil-sands. For example, there's a pretty interesting chapter on a plan to use nuclear bombs to create chambers in the oil sands where the heated oil could flow. They never did it, but the Russians apparently did, causing the surrounding aquifers to become radioactive. It seems that we need to move from petro to renewable sooner rather than later.

Paul
WOW, this was an eye-opener!To think that all that destruction of our Canadian environment is mostly for the benefit of the States is simply disgusting!I live in Quebec, and I know that there are plans being made to exploit our northern oil resources as well. I'll be keeping an eye on those developments.I encourage all Canadians and enviromentally-concious individuals from all parts of the world to read this book.

Bryan Richard
Boy was this ever an eye-opening read. All about the Alberta oil sands and how corporations are trying to exploit what is in the ground at the expense of the environment as well as the health of people living in the area. I would definitely recommend it.

Tylerlhsmith
I have to look back at this. It's one of few books that I simply never finished. I believe I felt that it was just hitting on the wrong points while missing hugely important negative items. I'm marking it to look at again.

Dirk
From plans to nuke the tar sands 50 years ago to destroying the entire water supply of Alberta today, the oil industry and government continue the insane pursuit of oil dollars at any cost. Happily for them most Canadians have no idea what is actually happening.

Richard Thompson
I can't remember when I first read this book. The "date finished" for this entry is the "dated added".A very critical and alarming look at the Alberta oil industry and in particular the Tar Sands and frakking.

Eli
If you're not already angry with the people who run the show on both the federal and provincial levels -- this will do it.

Jeri Grant
We had better change our ways

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