Andrew Nikiforuk

Andrew Nikiforuk has been writing about the oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years and cares deeply about accuracy, government accountability, and cumulative impacts. He has won seven National Magazine Awards for his journalism since 1989 and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists.

Andrew has also published several books. The dramatic, Alberta-based Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction in 2002. Pandemonium, which examines the impact of global trade on disease exchanges, received widespread national acclaim. The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, which considers the world’s largest energy project, was a national bestseller and won the 2009 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award and was listed as a finalist for the Grantham Prize for Excellence In Reporting on the Environment. Andrew’s latest book, Empire of the Beetle, a startling look at pine beetles and the world’s most powerful landscape changer, was nominated for the Governor General’s award for Non-Fiction in 2011.

Shadow Hand

We Built the Technosphere. Now We Must Resist It

Why does so cold and metallic a word as technosphere define our present condition? What control do humans really have over this mega-construct of our own making? For each individual enmeshed, what can and should be our response?

January 17, 2024

orphan well

Alberta Sets a Methane ‘Super-Emitter’ Record

Alberta owns a new record. The province is home to an abandoned and unplugged gas well that leaks methane, an explosive greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere at the highest rate ever recorded in North America.

December 12, 2023

Lake Louise and Lake Mirror in Banff National Park

Sid Marty’s Soaring Tribute to the Alberta Rockies

At the base of the Livingstone Range, just south of Oldman River in southern Alberta’s Blackfoot country, lives Sid Marty, a genial bear of a poet, along with his wife and muse, Myrna.

November 7, 2023

Corb Lund

When Is a Killed Alberta Coal Mine Really Dead?

How can an Australian open-pit coal mining project unequivocally denied by a joint review panel as well as two courts of appeal still be regarded as an “advanced coal project” by Alberta regulators?

October 30, 2023

Trans Mountain pipeline protest

Dear TMX Oilsands Pipeline Owner (That’s You)

You have now been informed of the bad news and some irrefutable math. Canadians own an expanded pipeline, financed 100 per cent by short term debt, that will never make a fair return on its investment.

October 23, 2023

oil sands

Here’s the Only Path to Real Change in Alberta

As I noted in 2012, 2014 and 2015, nothing will change in Alberta’s petrostate until its citizens embrace representative taxation (and pay their own way), shut down the oil revenue roller coaster and save for a rainy day. Or months of wildfires.

July 7, 2023

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