Book Review: “Tar Sands. Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent” by Andrew Nikiforuk

Please note: I first published this book review on the “Goodreads”-platform on August 19, 2017. I’ve now decided to publish some of my reviews on my website.

My rating: 5 (of 5) “stars”

I borrowed this book from a library in Vienna, but here’s a link to the book on the publisher’s website, Greystone Books.

This book is a must-read. You’ll be mentally exhausted after reading it – and completely disgusted with the oil companies and the government of Alberta, Canada. The province of Alberta has one of the largest oil sands reserves in the world, and they are being exploited on a scale and in a manner that boggles the mind. It’s total destruction of the environment; thousands of animals die in the tailing ponds; Alberta’s rivers and lakes are being contaminated with toxic waste materials. Rare cancers are documented among the population; cancers are also documented in animals, which are often deformed as well; the air is polluted, and huge amounts of water and energy (e.g. natural gas) are needed to produce oil from oil sands, which makes no sense. It’s total madness. Read this book – and then think long and hard about your consuming habits.

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