Some exciting news to pass along: We’re announcing the debut of New West Books and a first title, Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil.
The title is from New West’s Steve Bunk and covers the battles over “megaloads” — a classic tale of David vs. Goliath, where a hardy band of activists and everyday citizens opposed efforts by Big Oil to transport hundreds of proposed shipments of equipment the size of submarines along some of the most scenic stretches of highway in Idaho and Montana.
The so-called “megaloads” controversy mesmerized citizens of the Northwest states from 2010 to 2013. Before the XL Pipeline debate came to public attention, several of the world’s biggest oil companies were determined to ship hundreds of gigantic loads of mining equipment to the tar sands of Canada via wild lands in northern Idaho that were protected by federal law from such industrial traffic. Big Oil had politicians in its pocket, but grassroots opposition arose, and after three years of confrontations in meeting rooms, the media, the streets and the courts, the citizens won.
“This is a major contribution to conservation literature, and tonic for anyone who needs reminding that in America, against all odds, caring people still make a difference,” says Rick Johnson, executive director of the Idaho Conservation League.
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, the international movement to combat climate change and the leading opponent of the proposed XL Pipeline, calls Goliath Staggered “an inspiring story of resistance and nonviolent power.”
Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, adds that “Steve Bunk’s deft reporting captures the creative, chaotic energy of a true grassroots campaign.”
Set for an April release, Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil is a compelling tale of how impassioned citizens can fight powerful interests — and win.