Upcoming political books

Today I received a list of upcoming books from Random House Canada for their fall season. The list is sent out to potential reviewers to provide publicity for the upcoming titles.

Here are a few that you might be interested in,

by George W. Bush (11/9/2010)
George W. Bush’s presidency in his own words. From rallying a nation after 9/11 to bringing it’s troops across the Tigris river in Baghdad. From tax cuts that stimulated the economy (and debate) to the continued growth of government and the banking sector bailout, this presidential account is sure to cause discussion.
by Ezra Levant (8/17/2010).
Ezra will do a multi-city tour to promote this book which makes a case for the Alberta oil sands against environmentalists who turn a blind eye to oil extraction in places such as Saudi Arabia and the Sudan where from it’s wars and genocide, Ezra calculates that each barrel of Sudanese oil has a tablespoon worth of blood spilled for its production. While the world inevitably continues to use cheap energy from oil, diminishing Canada’s production share only supports unethical alternatives.
by Tarek Fatah (10/19/2010)
Canada’s most famous ‘moderate Muslim’ voice speaks out against anti-Semitism in Canada and around the world held strongly among some of his co-religionists.
by Bob Rae (10/26/2010).
I’m going to read this book so I can figure out what the Liberal Party may be proposing in their platform on the foreign policy front (under Ignatieff or Rae as leader). We wonder if the book will rehash many of the guiding nuanced soft-power principles of the DFAIT establishment or if Rae (like Ignatieff used to) now believes in certain cold hard facts about the modern world and the actors now bent on destabilizing it.



  • Jeff

    I'm really looking forward to Ezra's new book, Ethical Oil. I'm going to memorize the key talking points, and look for every opportunity to use them in discussions with friends — that'll make me the life of every party.

    On that note, from time to time I talk to US-based suppliers for where I work, and where possible I educate them on the oil sands and that it supplies the US with the biggest share of their foreign-sourced oil. So far, not one person has had a clue of this fact.

  • kenn2

    Ezra's argument is unfortunately built on the straw-man that ecology-minded opponents of the oil-sands are somehow in favour of the manner of oil production in the more contentious parts of the world.

    That's of course a canard, for many reasons. First is the obvious false implication that ecologists aren't complaining about the ecological and other problems (political, social) with these other suppliers. Oh, they are, Ezra's just tuned them out for the moment.

    Second – think globally but act locally. Canadians are naturally most interested in what Canada's doing re oil.

    [Canada] supplies the US with the biggest share of their foreign-sourced oil. So far, not one person has had a clue of this fact.

    I have a relative who's a very senior exec in the Alberta oil patch, who's confirmed this. This isn't necessarily a good thing. To oversimplify, we're helping out our neighbour with an overeating problem by raiding our own larder, and making a terrific mess in the process. Who's gonna clean up Northern Alberta? Helping oversupply the world with cheap oil doesn't make the world a better place, or improve conditions in the countries who are “unethical” oil suppliers.

    Canada is a net exporter of oil, yet we ourselves help prop up these “unethical oil” suppliers by massive imports:

    Canada exports 67 per cent of its oil to the U.S. yet 40 per cent of Canadians are totally reliant on offshore, mostly Middle Eastern, oil. The three leading Middle Eastern countries upon whom 36 per cent of Ontarians and 90 per cent of Quebecers and Atlantic Canadians depend are Algeria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

    Before the North American Free Trade Agreement, 30 per cent of Canada's oil was exported to the U.S. NAFTA has more than doubled Canada's oil exports south.
    The five proposed new pipelines from Alberta's tar sands to the U.S. will commit 75 to 80 per cent of Canada's oil to the American market. Yet it is the taxpayers of Alberta and Canada who will pay the staggering environmental costs and subsidize the extraction bills.

    …Canada is the only oil-producing country — and the only western industrialized country — not to have a Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The International Energy Agency (IEA) requires net import nations to maintain emergency 90-day oil reserves. Net export nations are not obliged to keep SPRs because the IEA sensibly assumes no country exports without ensuring domestic needs first. The IEA has no mechanism for a nation that doesn't control its own resources.

    Does this sound like good oil policy for Canada?

    What about the ethics of the over-consuming countries?

    “Ethical” oil or not, it's not necessarily the best decision for Canada to simply ship as much oil as we possibly can, as quickly as we can, and damn the consequences. It also removes the incentive to reduce our own imports, and stifles growth of Canada's renewable energy sector.

    It's also going to prove a lousy precedent when the Americans start demanding more fresh water from us.