Canadians are used to peace and relative prosperity vis-à-vis the rest of the world and are occasionally naïve about it. They assume it is a regular state of human affairs in history rather than the exception.
It’s hard for anyone but mathematicians and economists to conceptualize numbers that start with “b” as in “billions.” To get around that problem, and as a prelude to comparing major Canadian industries, let’s start with a smaller number and a question: How would you like to make $2,740 every week?
There’s nothing like real life as a corrective to Disney-like musings, where fantasies are concocted absent any connection to reality.
Anyone with even a modest understanding of history will grasp how tyrannies and autocracies interact with democracies when it comes to energy: by using oil and natural gas as a weapon. This is sometimes literal and obvious during wars — tanks and jets do not run on vegetable oil — but also during peacetime.
If you’ve heard that Canada should skip plans to export natural gas to Asia, including from a few anti-oil and gas academics, you’ll notice one theme that pops up: how Canadian energy firms really shouldn’t waste their time, because there’s no money in it.