Pipe Dreams
Pipe Dreams
Pipe Dreams
Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams

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THE FIGHT FOR CANADA’S ENERGY FUTURE

By JACQUES POITRAS

A timely chronicle of how Canada’s oil pipelines have become hotbeds for debate about our energy future, Indigenous rights, environmental activism, and east-west political tensions. 

Pipe Dreams is the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the Energy East pipeline and the broader battle over climate and energy in Canada. The project was to be a monumental undertaking, beginning near Edmonton, AB, and stretching over four thousand kilometres, through Montreal to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, NB. Conceived as a back-up plan for the stalled Keystone XL pipeline, it became the crucible for a national debate over the future of oil. 

In a cross-country journey, Poitras talked to industry executives, prairie ranchers, First Nations chiefs, mayors, premiers, cabinet ministers, and refinery workers. He also explored Canada’s perplexing oil relationship with the United States: our industry is literally tied to its American counterpart with sinews of steel. The Energy East pipeline represented a new direction, designed to get Alberta oil sands crude to lucrative world markets. Yet it was promoted in explicitly nationalist terms: the country was said to be reorienting itself along its east-west axis, tying itself together, again, with a great feat of engineering. 

By the time the journey ended, the story had become a kind of whodunit: Poitras witnessed the slow-motion killing of the fifteen billion dollar project. Unfolding in tandem with clashes over the Trans Mountain pipeline, Energy East’s demise heralded a potential turning point not just for a single proposal, but for Canada’s carbon economy.

Entertaining, informative, and insightful, Pipe Dreams offers a clear picture of the complicated political, environmental, and economic issues that Canadians face.

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CANADA

FREE Curbside Pickup
FREE Orders over $150, excluding boards (shipped using Canada Post Expedited Parcel with tracking)
$15 Flat rate shipping for soft goods and select hard goods accessories for orders under $150
$20 Hand planes, wompers, PFDs/life vests
$45 Surfskates, iSUPs, balance boards, skimboards, bodyboards, board bags, paddles, bike/wall racks
$100 Surfboards shorter than 8 foot
$200 Surfboards 8 foot and longer
If you prefer, choose CURBSIDE PICK-UP to avoid any costs and pop by our shop at your leisure to collect your online order. 

CONTINENTAL USA*

FREE SHIPPING Orders over $300 anywhere in Continental United States
$20 Flat rate shipping for soft goods and select hard goods accessories for orders under $300
$30 Hand planes, wompers, PFDs/life vests
$70 Surfskates, iSUPs, balance boards, skimboards, bodyboards, board bags, paddles, bike/wall racks
We are unable to ship surfboards to the USA

*Additional charges may apply for shipments to Hawaii and Alaska, as well as for shipments with multiple items to continental states.
Any duties, taxes or associated brokerage fees will be the responsibility of the customer. For additional shipping inquiries — please email us at aloha@surfthegreats.org.

INTERNATIONAL

We proudly ship worldwide and have shipped products to over 25 countries. International shipping rates are automatically calculated and shown at checkout. 

We do not ship surfboards internationally. 

Additional shipping rates may apply depending on location and type of item. We will contact you if there are extra fees associated with your order and reserve the right to cancel your order and issue a refund if we are unable to ship your order at a reasonable price.

Orders will be packaged and ship out within 2 business days (our shop is closed Sundays and Mondays)

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