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The Resource Pipe dreams : the fight for Canada's energy future, Jacques Poitras

Pipe dreams : the fight for Canada's energy future, Jacques Poitras

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Pipe dreams : the fight for Canada's energy future
Title
Pipe dreams
Title remainder
the fight for Canada's energy future
Statement of responsibility
Jacques Poitras
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A timely, accessible approach to how Canada's oil pipelines become crucibles for debate about our energy future, Indigenous treaty rights, environmental activism, and east-west political tensions. Pipe Dreams is the story of the rise and fall of the Energy East pipeline. The project was to be a monumental undertaking, beginning near Edmonton, AB, and stretching over four thousand kilometres, across two hundred First Nation reserves, through Montreal to the Irving Oil refineries in Saint John, NB. The crude oil flowing across six provinces would have found a much higher price shipped to world markets than south to the United States. Conceived as a back-up plan for two other pipelines stalled by political opposition, the project became the crucible for Canada's debate over its energy future. Told as an account of a cross-country journey, the book explores how western Canada alienation, Quebec separatism, Indigenous activism, and climate action combined to question the role of fossil fuels in Canada's economy. The events took place at a time when the government of Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was expressing its commitment to a carbon-reduced economy. Across the landscape of Pipe Dreams, Poitras talks to oil industry executives, prairie ranchers, First Nations chiefs, small-town mayors, premiers and cabinet ministers, refinery workers, and ordinary Canadians. The book also explores Canada's perplexing relationship with the United States around oil: our oil industry is literally tied to its American counterpart with sinews of steel. The Energy East pipeline represented a new direction: designed to get Alberta oil sands crude to world markets, it was marketed in explicitly nationalist terms. After decades of rhetoric that Canada was destined to surrender to the north-south reality of continentalism and globalization, the country seemed to be reorienting itself along its east-west axis, tying itself together, again, with a great feat of engineering
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CaOONL
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1968-
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Poitras, Jacques
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Petroleum pipelines
  • Petroleum pipelines
  • Environmentalism
  • Global warming
  • Energy industries
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Pipe dreams : the fight for Canada's energy future, Jacques Poitras
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
cap18902406
Extent
xviii, 318 pages
Isbn
9780735233355
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maps
Label
Pipe dreams : the fight for Canada's energy future, Jacques Poitras
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
cap18902406
Extent
xviii, 318 pages
Isbn
9780735233355
Other physical details
maps

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