Stupid to the Last Drop

Stupid to the Last Drop

How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn't Seem to Care)

Book - 2007
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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 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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676979138
0676979130
Branch Call Number: 333.823214097123 Mar 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 248 p. :,ill

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columbo
Feb 12, 2013

What an excellent writer!

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yakounspey
Oct 22, 2011

Definitely not objective. Very slanted toward the left. Does a good job of highlighting the environmental degradation caused by the extraction of the oil.

Tends to really slam the Alberta Conservative government almost to the point of having a vendetta.

Walks us through the industry by taking a personal look through it with people involved in the industry as well as those who are affected by it.

Worth a read

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mansonroyal
Nov 15, 2010

Quick interesting read. I enjoyed the information even if it was heavily biased. Weather you believe in global warming or not the reality of overconsumption is very real and the author paints a bleak future unless some changes are made

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Hadley
Sep 22, 2008

A frightening and infuriating book about how successive Alberta governments have allowed oil companies a free hand in the province, and the damage that has resulted. Some of Marsden's claims would carry more weight if they had source footnotes, but this is still a compelling condemnation of an industry that seems to make its own rules.

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