By William Marsden

A bestselling investigative journalist takes a journey of the Alberta oil and gasoline undefined, revealing how Canada’s richest province is squandering our probability for a sustainable future.

In its determined look for oil and gasoline riches, Alberta is destroying itself. because the international teeters at the fringe of catastrophic weather swap, Alberta plunges forward with out of control improvement of its fossil fuels, levelling its northern Boreal woodland to get on the oil sands, and carpet-bombing its southern part with tens of millions of fuel wells. In so doing, it truly is operating out of water, destroying its variety land, wiping out its forests and flora and fauna and spewing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the ambience, including to worldwide warming at a fee that's unrivalled in Canada or virtually anyplace else on the earth. It’s digging, drilling and blasting its technique to oblivion, changing into the last word image of Canada’s – and the world’s – pathological will to self-destruct.

Nowhere has the area noticeable such great environmental destruction as is being wreaked on Alberta. At one aspect the province even went as far as to contemplate a scientist’s concept of nuking its underbelly to get on the tar sands. Stupid to the final Drop seems on the more and more violent geopolitical forces which are accumulating because the world’s fuel and oil dwindle and the Age of Oil starts off its inevitable slide in the direction of oblivion. As Canadians burn up their strength reserves, promoting them off to americans at bargain-basement costs, no idea is given to conservation or the long term wishes of the nation.

In this strong polemic, William Marsden trips around the center of a province seized by way of the harmful forces of greed, strength and the power company, and envisions a truly bleak future.

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