By Stephen D'Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Joshua Kahn Russell
The struggle over the tar sands in North the United States is without doubt one of the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of many first that has controlled to marry really explicitly challenge for frontline groups and instant neighborhood risks with worry for the way forward for the full planet. Tar sands “development” comes with a major environmental and human expense. yet tar sands opponents—fighting a strong foreign industry—are likened to terrorists; executive environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are hid and rushed. but, regardless of the ambitious political and fiscal energy at the back of the tar sands, many competitors are actively construction foreign networks of resistance, difficult pipeline plans whereas resisting threats to Indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation. together with major voices all in favour of the fight opposed to the tar sands, A Line within the Tar Sands deals a severe research of the impression of the tar sands and the demanding situations rivals face of their efforts to arrange powerful resistance. members contain Angela Carter, invoice McKibben, Brian Tokar, Christine Leclerc, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Crystal Lameman, Dave Vasey, Emily Coats, Eriel Deranger, Greg Albo, Jeremy Brecher, Jess worthy, Jesse Cardinal, Joshua Kahn Russell, Lilian Yap, Linda Capato, Macdonald Stainsby, Martin Lukacs, Matt Leonard, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Naomi Klein, Rae Breaux, Randolph Haluza-DeLay, Rex Weyler, Ryan Katz-Rosene, Sâkihitowin Awâsis, Sonia furnish, Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Tyler McCreary, Winona LaDuke, and Yves Engler.
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Yves Engler is a Montreal-based activist and author. He has published several books with RED/Fernwood, including The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy; Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt; and The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy. Cherri Foytlin is a freelance journalist, author, advocate, speaker, and mother of six who lives in South Louisiana—an area inundated with industrial pollution. She is the co-author of the e-book Spill It! org, the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and several local newspapers.
Defenders also trumpet the alleged security and human rights benefits of producing oil in “friendly” Canada instead of countries that are portrayed as despotic and oppressive (as in the so-called “ethical oil” argument). 26 Although the tar sands industry is supported, to varying degrees, by the three primary political parties in Canada, neo-conservatives are its most aggressive champions. Journalists have exposed links between the “ethical oil” media campaign and the Conservative Party,27 and it is no coincidence that the electoral district of Prime Minister Harper is in Calgary—where Canada’s oil and gas industry is headquartered.
A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice by Stephen D'Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, Joshua Kahn Russell