Are you reading?

We will be adding this book to our must read list. We are afraid that too many will dismiss the book because it comes from Ezra Levant but he is taking a different approach than one might expect. As Ezra says:

That’s the thing: to get support for Canadian oil, I’m not challenging the left’s values. I’m counting on their values. Because I know that Canada’s oilsands best meets the test of those values — environmentally sustainable, peaceful, economically just and respectful of minorities. I try to prove that in the book, and even try to quantify some of those measurements.

But it will challenge the “Progressive”‘s  vision of the world and evidence is often dismissed when that is threatened. Will it count that as a source the Oil sands actually is better from their environmental point of view? Will Ezra be able to convince these ideologically fixed minds with his arguments?

I make the case to liberals that if they believe global warming is an issue, then oilsands oil is superior to other sources of oil, such as California or Venezuela, which both have heavy oil that requires a lot of energy to refine. I also show that in a full life-cycle analysis — for example, taking into account things like the tankers to ship OPEC oil to the U.S. — oilsands oil is comparable in greenhouse gas emissions to most other oil in the world.

We somehow doubt it because when one’s world view is challenged it is psychologically uncomfortable and facts be damned. It is all about feelings in today’s world. Reality doesn’t count.

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2 responses to “Are you reading?

  1. Mr Winter is just around the corner… Without oil, we’d all “feel” cold and hungry.

    And another thing, I hate to see “liberal” used in the pejorative. For me liberal is a good thing, like freedom. Too bad the political outfits have ruined another perfectly fine word — killed it so badly that the best we can do is excise it from the English language, douse it in gasoline, and give it an honorable cremation.

  2. It sounds interesting that the book is comparing oil life cycle costs. However the hard reality I think we all need to face, is that regardless of where our oil comes from, we’re nearing peak production. After peak oil, our world will change in frighteningly difficult ways. A good read to help understand this concept is Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller by Jeff Rubin.

    I’d add that bicycles don’t use much oil. If you’re really interested in reducing your carbon footprint, buying domestic oil over foreign oil is a negligible difference.