Praise for The Pipeline and the Paradigm

Mary Pipher, author of The Green Boat and Reviving Ophelia:

“Avery is a farmer, solar installer and philosopher who writes with freshness, depth and clarity about the most significant of global issues. His story about the Keystone XL pipeline, which he calls ‘the fuse of the carbon bomb,’ is an epic tale for the ages. This book belongs on a shelf with Wendell Berry, Peter Russell, and Joanna Macy.”

Paul Gilding, author of The Great Disruption, former executive director of Greenpeace International:

“Sometimes a book comes along that captures a historical moment and records it in the making. This is such a book. If you want to know why this could be the battle that defines our generation, read it, then get involved and join history.”

Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen:

“A powerful and wonderfully reflective look at how to respond to the temptation of facilitating Canada’s immensely destructive tar sands extraction—and at the courageous ordinary people who’ve acted to call us to make the right choice.”

Drew Foley, 350 Louisville:

The Pipeline and the Paradigm provides deep spiritual and ecological insights against a backdrop of the physical universe and compassionate human life. The author allows everyone to tell her/his own story. In particular, Mr. Avery sought out those with views opposed to his own and treated everyone, regardless of their viewpoints, with equal compassion and good humor.

“Mr. Avery has a gift for communicating complex ideas in simple language. Although I thought I knew the facts and implications of the Keystone XL pretty well, this book greatly increased my understanding. This is an account of a deadly serious problem told in an engaging and friendly way by a very wise human being. Read it.”

Ron Seifert, spokesperson for the Tar Sands Blockade:

“Sam’s book amplifies the stories of families and communities who are directly threatened by Keystone XL. From the extraction sites in Canada to the fence-line communities in the Gulf and everywhere in between, The Pipeline and the Paradigm provides a first-hand account of people across the continent rising up to defend their homes. This book is an important movement-building tool that connects the dangers posed by the fossil fuel paradigm with everyday people engaged in active resistance.”

“If you want to understand the fuss about the tar sands pipelines, Sam’s new book is the place to start. It includes a comprehensive yet clear explanation of the ecological and technological issues, but he also humanizes the controversy by traveling through the United States and Canada to talk with many of the key people involved. He brings the story to life in ways that reveal what the pipeline really means for our own lives.”

David Loy, author of A Buddhist Responds to the Climate Emergency:

“If you want to understand the fuss about the tar sands pipelines, Sam’s new book is the place to start. It includes a comprehensive yet clear explanation of the ecological and technological issues, but he also humanizes the controversy by traveling through the United States and Canada to talk with many of the key people involved. He brings the story to life in ways that reveal what the pipeline really means for our own lives.”

Francois Paulette, Dene Chief:

“The proposed Keystone XL brings the most destructive Dirty Oil from the Homelands of the Indigenous Peoples in Northern Alberta and the Dene Nation to the North. It needs attention at this very important time, and Mr. Sam Avery provides the big picture through his book. I welcome him into our Territory to see first hand accounts of this tar sands project now operating in our Ancestral Lands and how we are affected by it every single day.”

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