Ethical Oil

Ethical Oil

The Case for Canada's Oil Sands

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
Canada's "no. 1 defender of freedom of speech" and the bestselling author of Shakedown makes the timely and provocative case that when it comes to oil, ethics matter just as much as the economy and the environment.

In 2009, Ezra Levant's bestselling book Shakedown revealed the corruption of Canada's human rights commissions and was declared the "most important public affairs book of the year." In Ethical Oil, Levant turns his attention to another hot-button topic: the ethical cost of our addiction to oil. While many North Americans may be aware of the financial and environmental price we pay for a gallon of gas or a barrel of oil, Levant argues that it is time we consider ethical factors as well. With his trademark candor, Levant asks hard-hitting questions: With the oil sands at our disposal, is it ethically responsible to import our oil from the Sudan, Russia, and Mexico? How should we weigh carbon emissions with human rights violations in Saudi Arabia? And assuming that we can't live without oil, can the development of energy be made more environmentally sustainable? In Ethical Oil, Levant exposes the hypocrisy of the West's dealings with the reprehensible regimes from which we purchase the oil that sustains our lifestyles, and offers solutions to this dilemma. Readers at all points on the political spectrum will want to read this timely and provocative new book, which is sure to spark debate.

Blackwell Publishing
"I was at a low moment, and beginning to fear that our adversarial culture was dying and the open society was losing its will to resist, when Ezra Levant showed that every citizen has the birthright of a little spark, and a grown-up duty to kindle that spark into a flame. Let the bureaucrats do their worst: the tongue and the word are chainless and nothing is sacred except this freedom above all." Christopher Hitchens

"...puts everything on the line in the way the best Canadian journalists always did." Ottawa Citizen

"[An] effectively argued wake-up call." National Review

"The most important public affairs book this year." National Post

From the Author Hailed As "Canada's No. 1 Defender of freedom of speech" (Rex Murphy, Globe and Mail) comes a book about one of the most pressing issues of today: oil. With his unique candor, Ezra Levant enters the debate, examining the ethical cost of our addiction to oil.

While many North Americans may be aware of the financial and environmental price we pay for a gallon of gas or a barrel of oil, we often fail to factor in ethical considerations, Levant argues. In this controversial argument with those who offer their support to the anti-oil sands movement, Levant asks hard-hitting questions: With the oil sands at our disposal, is it ethically responsible to import our oil from the Sudan, Russia, and Mexico? How should we weigh carbon emissions against human rights violations in Saudi Arabia?

Levant dispels common myths about Canada's oil sands; examines what would happen if America stopped buying oil from Canada; investigates the reality of environmental protection; and reveals the role of the media and groups such as Greenpeace in the anti-oil sands movement. Separating the propaganda from the facts, he builds his case that it is time we took a moral inventory of the oil sands. "The real test of ethical oil," he writes, "is not in comparing oil sands oil to some impossible, ideal standard but comparing it to its real competitors."

Ethical Oil is a timely, engaging examination of Canada's oil sands that makes for provocative reading on a subject that is in the headlines every day.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2010
ISBN: 9780771046414
Branch Call Number: 178 LEV
Characteristics: 261 p. ;,23 cm.


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Oct 25, 2017

This book looks at the contrast of Oil Sands crude versus crude oil from other parts of the world. The author makes a credible argument that crude from Alberta is more ethical then oil from Saudi Arabia, Sudan,Venezuela etc. This book is not an argument for oil as much as that since oil is absolutely necessary you might as well get it from a more benevolent nation. The author shows how some activists look for the low hanging fruit in their advocacy and ignore more egregious examples. Not a complete look, ( not much mention of Norway's crude) but definitely an interesting read.

Jan 11, 2017

Countering the anti-carbon narrative, Ezra Levant gives us the other side of the oil use argument with a specifically pro-Alberta perspective. Where the other side uses anti-industrial sentiment, frightening future scenarios, and character assassination against specific people, Levant offers eminently readable case studies that demonstrate Alberta's oil is ethical in its extraction and use.

He also shows us the venom, feinting and duplicity of the international Left's self-styled enviro-watchdogs. It's no surprise they've reacted to him as they have. Levant presents his arguments with clarity, and his book Ethical Oil raises a voice that rightly needs to be heard. I encourage you to read it.

Jun 23, 2015

“Oil and ethics have never mixed. And never will.” . . . from . . .

redban Feb 13, 2015

As if the options were only between tar sands or supporting Saudi Arabia!?!? How can we let Canadian elites set the standard so low, comparing Canada with the United States and their support for extremism and imperialism? What happened to drastically moving towards non-carbon-burning renewable energy instead of ruining our earthly survival via climate change's increased droughts, rising sea levels, super storms etc. etc.? It's not as if Canada does not have natural resources (hydroelectricity), technology (nuclear power), or the human/financial resources to lead in renewables (solar, wind, tidal, etc.).

See through Big Oil's well-funded attack on the scientific consensus, we've seen it before (i.e. Big Tobacco). Even next-generation nuclear power is a much better option than burning carbon! What happened to moving away from these multinational fossil fuel corporations that profit from imperialism/wars, union-busting, and environmental destruction?

The only way to get adherence to outrageous propaganda is to severely limit the options on the table. Disgusting.

Sep 09, 2013

oil is....everything but ethical...environmental issues and destruction is well documented in the oil sands of Alberta! My dad was a toolpush on the rigs and my mom and grandma were cooks in the camps we grew up in. From the badlands of Alberta, Cold lake north to Rocky Mountain House and Brooks Alberta ...we traveled like gypsies until the age of school in the 60's...oil is in my blood! it killed my dad with cancer at the age of 32, grandma 56 and luckily my mom has won her battles.

yes, it is more safe working conditions...but it has damaged the earth in ways we choose to ignore.

Feb 09, 2012

What an eye-opener! The idea that oil production can be ethical, both socially and environmentally, is driven home in this book when Levant compares Western practices and cultures with that of foreign oil producing nations. He argues that shunning oil sands oil amounts to de facto preference for foreign oil, and therefore support for oppressive regimes such as Iran and Saudi Arabia.
This is a well-written and researched book that also exposes the hypocrisy and deceit rampant in the anti-oil sands lobby. The web of misconceptions perpetuated by groups like Greenpeace, The Pembina Institute, UK’s Platform, and others is addressed; everything from estimated bird losses to cancer rates among aboriginals in Fort Chip. It becomes obvious that if we are serious about addressing greenhouse gas issues, we should be going after the significant producers, not an industry that accounts for one tenth of one percent of GHG production.
Well worth reading. May cause you to tear up your Greenpeace membership card!

Jan 23, 2012

Raises some interesting questions and facts...however he also ignores some. Obviously sponsored by the oil campaign and centered on Canadian human rights vs the Middle East and attacking the industry's opponents.
I would have liked to see a chapter entitled "Canada 2100: When the Oil Runs Out and the Climate is Killing". We literally and figuratively keep digging a deeper and deeper hole for ourselves.

debwalker May 12, 2011

Winner of the 2011 National Business Book Award. Just as gas prices soar and the era of cheap oil is over.

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