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ISBN: 9781933392585
Year Added to Catalog: 2007
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: Black and White Photos
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 360
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: October 20, 2008
Web Product ID: 375

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Not One Drop

Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

by Riki Ott

Foreword by John Perkins

Praise

"Riki Ott, a modern day Joan of Arc, was in the right place at the right time to become witness to one of the most egregious crimes against man and nature in modern day history. Riki has proven through her willingness to expose the corporate corruption and cover up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill that she is a courageous, caring, and passionate voice for the people and the planet."

Laura Turner Seydel, chair of the Captain Planet Foundation and cofounder of Mothers & Others for Clean Air


"Riki Ott takes the debate on fossil fuels to a new level in this compelling book. When will the oil companies wake up to realize that--just as U.S. car companies missed the boat on fuel efficient cars--the ExxonMobils of the world need to diversify the types of energy they offer? Somehow, the people of Cordova, Alaska, knew the truth before the oil executives or the politicians they elected."

David Rockefeller, Jr., Founder, Sailors for the Sea


"Alaska's corporate creatures--and the corrupt local politicians who did their bidding for so long--feared Riki even before the Exxon Valdez because of her intellectual honesty, her energy, her contacts, her expert knowledge and her forensic use of factual argument to demolish the slimy artefacts of the public relations industry. What made her particularly scary was that she'd repeatedly warned them before the disaster that this was going to happen if they didn't shape up. Millions of words have been written about the Exxon Valdez spill. It's been my (sometimes dreary and depressing) duty to read most of them. But of all the official reports, learned papers, TV documentaries, newspaper articles and books, this is by far the best. Riki has written her masterpiece. It's not just about an oil spill and about its dire effects on a community of a few thousand fishing families in a remote and beautiful corner of the North Pacific; it's bigger than that. The themes are community values and corporate lies; the endless tussle between truth and falsehood, between good and evil. Surprisingly, Riki's long-awaited book is more cheerful than I expected; she meticulously logs the catastrophe and its aftermath (and hints at the sacrifices in her personal life that all this campaigning entailed), but out of the despair there is hope here--hope that a better-informed, more vigilant and more self-confident public will follow her example and challenge the corporate arrogance that continues to make so many people's lives an avoidable misery, worldwide."

Dr. Jonathan Wills, writer, wildlife guide, and Shetland (Scotland) Councillor


"Aldo Leopold wrote, 'A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.' The tragic Exxon Valdez oil spill is wrong! Riki Ott is the right person--at the right place--at the right time. Her expertise as an author and as a marine toxicologist alerts us to the true cost of our addiction to oil--not just monetary cost, but ecological cost. Democracy and the planet are at stake."

Nina Bradley, Director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation


"Ott is the Erin Brockovitch of the Exxon Valdez oil disaster. In Not One Drop she recounts a riveting tale of loss, intrigue, cover-ups, and courage—and in the process helps us all see why we will be glad to leave behind the age of oil."

Fran Korten, Publisher of YES! Magazine


"Not One Drop unflinchingly documents the full measure of sacrifice made by a few so the rest of us can get our next fix of oil. The price at the pump must now also be measured in shattered communities and our humanity itself. Bravo to Riki Ott for delivering another knockout punch to our petroleum-powered complacency."

Terry Tamminen, Cullman Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, and former Secretary of the California EPA



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