Topic: Tar Sands by Andrew Nikiforuk
Tar Sands is a novel I began reading a few weeks ago, and I am already quite interested in what it is about. This book is a nonfiction, as it tells about the economic and political scope of, guess what, the tar sands in Northeastern Alberta. Bitumen and how it could replace regular oil is the topic of the first chapters. The book describes what bitumen is made of and how it is harvested, as well as how it compares and contrasts to regular oil. At one point in the book, it is described how the harvesting of bitumen requires significantly more barrels of oil to get out of the ground then it can produce. To put it a more complex way, the amount of energy produced by a given amount of bitumen is significantly lower than the amount of energy produced by a given amount of oil, and that’s just to remove it from the ground.