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Andrew Nikiforuk

The Dirty Oil of the Tar Sands

Date:March 2009
Location:Canada

Andrew Nikiforuk, author of The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, a scathing overview of the controversial project which has made Canada one of the world’s worst polluters.

Writing about melting glaciers, educational shams, peak oil, the destruction of the boreal forest and the Alberta tar sands, Andrew Nikiforuk has earned an enviable reputation as an honest, stylish and provocative Canadian journalist. His work has appeared in numerous major magazines and in both national newspapers.

In 1990 the Toronto Star awarded him an Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy to study AIDS and the failure of public health policy. In the late 1990s, he investigated the social and ecological impacts of intensive livestock industries and the legacy of northern uranium mining for the Calgary Herald.