Book Review: The War on Science, by Chris Turner - 2013-10-11
A few weeks ago, speaking to a friendly audience in New York, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that he would not "take no for an answer" should the U.S. reject the Keystone XL pipeline. This was not, as some have speculated, a mere slip of the tongue: It was part of a larger pattern of steamrolling over any and all opposition to developing the Alberta oil sands.
That pattern is the subject of The War on Science, the latest book by Calgary author Chris Turner. It cannot be called groundbreaking, as the individual facts, from pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol to gutting the Environmental Assessment Act, have long since been laid before the Canadian public.
But put all the facts together, as Turner does so ably in this important and necessary book, and you start to appreciate just how far back the clock has been set on Canada's environmental protections.