Book of the Month

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent 

by Andrew Nikiforuk


“Astonishingly entertaining”

“Resembles a political thriller”

Winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award

The Alberta tar sands could make Canada the world’s second greatest oil exporter by 2050.  Although growth has been tempered by the global financial crisis, U.S., Asian, and European investors are still pouring billions of dollars into the megaproject.  To extract the world’s ugliest, most expensive hydrocarbon, we are polluting our air, poisoning our water, destroying vast areas of boreal forest, and undermining democracy itself.  In this new edition of his provocative bestseller, Andrew Nikiforuk assesses recent developments, refutes industry’s claim that steam plants are a greener way to extract bitumen, and argues more convincingly than ever that it is folly to stake our future on dirty oil.