New interview — Andrew Nikiforuk!
Andrew Nikiforuk is one of Canada’s leading journalists, a man who can write memorably and incisively about education, public health, energy and the environment, among other subjects. He’s won seven National Magazine Awards as well as the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction, Canada’s top literary prize. In 2009, he became the first Canadian to win the prestigious Rachel Carson Environment Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists for his book on the oil sands in northern Alberta, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent.
That’s the book we discussed when I interviewed him in 2009.
At the time, I thought The Green Interview would be an audio site, with interviews conducted over the phone. After Chris Beckett convinced me that interviews this important should be in video, I re-interviewed a couple of people, but I was never able to re-interview Andrew Nikiforuk. So this is exclusively an audio interview, the only such interview on the site.
Tar Sands is remarkable because it goes far beyond the purely environmental dimensions of the bitumen projects in northern Alberta. Nikiforuk asks deep, searching questions about what oil means, how our endless search for oil affects social life, politics, international relations and the values and fabric of our societies. It’s a sobering, brilliant book – and a memorable interview.