Award-winning journalist to come to Rimbey

Award-winning investigative journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk will speak at a public meeting April 12

Award-winning investigative journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk will speak at a public meeting April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Provincial Building.

Calgary-based Nikiforuk has been writing about the oil and gas industry for 20 years and has earned a reputation as an honest and provocative voice in Canadian journalism. Many people are familiar with his writings in The Tyee on fracking, pipeline safety and other oilfield activities that affect the environment and our society. Although he has written for a variety of publications over the years he is perhaps best known for the book The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent that won several awards and was a national best seller.

At the Rimbey meeting he will speak on his most recent book, The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude in which he makes the argument that the way we use and abuse cheap oil is equivalent to the practice of slaveholding. And like slave holders, we have morally and ethically compromised ourselves in our pursuit of an opulent lifestyle.  What is needed, he says, is a new global abolitionist movement.

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