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Oil's deep state : how the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming

Taft, Kevin 1955- (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781459413078
  • ISBN: 1459413075
  • Physical Description: print
    256 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: An unwitting experiment -- Part one: Breakdown. EPIC: the oil industry comes to call ; The civil service falls in line ; Global warming : what industry knew and when they knew it ; "The debate is closing" : the carbonizing of American politics -- Part two: Capture. The dynamics of democracy ; A theory of the deep state ; Oil and the deep state -- Part three. The origins of oil's deep state in Canada ; Peter Loughheed and the rise of the oil sands ' Pulling the levers of power : from Loughheed to Klein ; Industry captures the oil sands ; Pushing the bar higher ; THE NDP in a world made for oil ; Oil's deep state at work ; The long reach of the oil deep state -- Part four. Crossing the carbon divide.
Summary, etc.: "Why have democratic governments failed to take serious steps to reduce carbon emissions despite dire warnings and compelling evidence of the profound and growing threat posed by global warming? Most of the writing on global warming is by scientists, academics, environmentalists, and journalists. Kevin Taft, a former leader of the opposition in Alberta, brings a fresh perspective through the insight he gained as an elected politician who had an insider's eyewitness view of the role of the oil industry. His answer, in brief: The oil industry has captured key democratic institutions in both Alberta and Ottawa. Taft begins his book with a perceptive observer's account of a recent court case in Ottawa which laid bare the tactics and techniques of the industry, its insiders and lobbyists. He casts dramatic new light on exactly how corporate lobbyists, politicians, bureaucrats, universities, and other organizations are working together to pursue the oil industry's agenda. He offers a brisk tour of the recent work of scholars who have developed the concepts of the deep state and institutional capture to understand how one rich industry can override the public interest. Taft views global warming and weakened democracy as two symptoms of the same problem--the loss of democratic institutions to corporate influence and control. He sees citizen engagement and direct action by the public as the only response that can unravel big oil's deep state."--
Subject: Petroleum industry and trade -- Political activity -- Canada
Global warming -- Political aspects -- Canada

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