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The political commentator Ezra Levant discusses his new book Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands (McClelland & Stewart, 2010), with Joseph Planta.

Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands by Ezra Levant. (McClelland & Stewart, 2010)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Ethical Oil

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

In Vancouver, I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.

Ezra Levant is a lightening rod in this country. He’s regarded as the ‘number one defender of freedom of speech,’ as well as one critic of his newest book, ‘a master of logical fallacy and half truth.’ The new book is called Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands. It’s a provocative book on a subject that needs necessary debate. He looks at our hypocrisy when it comes to our oil consumption, where we purchase it, and who benefits from it—despotic regimes, human rights violators, not to mention countries where environmental conditions after oil extraction are less than desirable. Mr. Levant suggests that since we can’t shake off our addiction to oil, why not use our oil sands? Even though Greenpeace and their ilk think otherwise. Ezra Levant is a lawyer, journalist and political activist. He was last on for his book Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights, which was a bestseller. This book, Ethical Oil is published by McClelland & Stewart. His website is www.ezralevant.com. His is an inimitable voice in the discourse of this country. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, Ezra Levant; Good morning, Mr. Levant.