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Oil's Deep State


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Kevin Taft holds a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Warwick. He has extensive public policy experience in the Alberta government, private sector, and non-profit sector, particularly in health, energy, and economic policy. He is the former CEO of the ExTerra Foundation as well as the author of four books and many research studies and articles on political and economic issues in Alberta. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta with the Alberta Liberal Party from 2001 to 2012, and Leader of the Opposition from 2004 to 2008. He lives in Edmonton.


"It really inspires a different kind of conversation about the future of oil, about how we manage our land, about government."--Rosemary Griebel "CBC Alberta "
"Taft meticulously details the impact powerful forces from the oil industry had over Alberta during the long-reign of the old Progressive Conservative government and the influence it still exerts over Rachel Notley's New Democratic Party government in the never-ending debate over oil pipelines."--Dave Cournoyer"Daveberta (blog)" (09/26/2017)
"Detailed and prosecutorial."--Vit Wagner"Quill & Quire" (09/07/2017)
"It's a challenging and insightful read, one that will likely spark many debates about how we talk and think about the oil and gas sector."--James Wilt"DeSmog Canada" (10/11/2017)
"Taft offers a full-throated denunciation of the politicians in both countries who align themselves with energy companies and appear to do their bidding on climate-change policy. Such secretive collaboration, he writes, has led to the embedding of "oil's deep state" in the key institutions of democracy in Alberta, but also in Ottawa and in Washington."-- (10/06/2017)
"A must read for every Albertan."--Sharon Bodnarchuk, Librarian, Calgary Public Library"CBC Alberta: CBC Listen, Alberta@Noon" (12/28/2017)
"Kevin Taft 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 in Alberta."--Maria Alejandra"Ottawa Life Magazine" (12/14/2017)
"Deep states cement their power in darkness, Taft writes; shine a light and they recoil. Exposing how the sector undermines the environment to further corporate greed, he notes, can restore public faith that energy regulators and governments work for us--not big oil."-- (12/21/2017)
"This book is a wonderful surprise...once I started I could not put it down. This story contains so much information and is rounded out in such a way that you will soon find something that will pique your interest and take you down the rabbit hole."-- (04/09/2018)
"Has the federal government -- along with certain provincial governments -- been captured by Canada's energy sector? Kevin Taft, a former leader of Alberta's Liberal Party (2004-08) believes so."--Bruce Livesey"The Tyee" (05/22/2018)
"Taft argues that the oil and gas industry has developed a stranglehold over federal and provincial governments, as well as large swaths of academia and the media, corroding Canadians' ability to meaningfully address the threat of climate change."--Jeremy Appel"The Monitor" (12/01/2018)
"So, here we are, a tiny community in the big scheme of things, looking for ways to help our world crumbling under plastic, waste and climate disaster, and we have a prime minister, for all his big talk on climate change and signing the Paris Accord, basically telling us that we are still going to promote fossil fuels no matter what the cost. It's depressing and discouraging."-- (10/06/2017)
"Taft combines his insider knowledge with a crisp and hard-hitting writing style."--The Tyee (01/28/2019)

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