The tar sands. Global warming. The National Energy Program. Though these seem like modern Canadian subjects, prize-winning journalist Mary Janigan reveals them to be a legacy of longstanding regional rivalry. Something of a 'Third Solitude' since entering Confederation, the West has long been overshadowed by Canada's other great national debate: but as the conflict over natural resources heats up, 150 years of antipathy are coming to a head. Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark enters the thought-provoking debate over climate change and the world's natural resources.