September 2011 – Dr. Debra Davidson (University of Alberta) and Dr. Michael Gismondi (Athabasca University) co-authored a new book: “Challenging Legitimacy at the Precipice of Energy Calamity“.
From the publisher – Two intersecting moments of the Twenty-first Century define our politics, economies, and future prospects for civilization: the mounting evidence for global climate change, now unequivocally attributed to socio-economic activities, and its de-stabilizing effects on our biosphere, combined with the end of easy oil and the easy wealth it generates. On the energy question, non-conventional fossil fuels have been promoted by political elites as the next most attractive development option. The development of nonconventional fuels, however, does nothing to alleviate either climate change or the falling rate of energy supply, and generates multiple social and environmental consequences. The largest endeavour marking this historic nexus—indeed the largest industrial project in history, is the extraction and processing of the Athabasca tar sands in Alberta, Canada…. read more and download the Table of Contents, the Preface and Sample Pages.