As two people not born in Alberta but who live here now—one of us came from British Columbia and the other from India—we are constantly amazed at the misinformation about the province and also one of Canada’s biggest economic contributors, i.e., the oil and gas industry.
In life we often take a lot for granted. Exhibit A: Consider the revolution in farming that took place over centuries.
It should be obvious that in a world where Russian President Vladimir Putin is widely assumed to be behind the August poisoning of that country’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, that perhaps liberal democracies should stick together.
Over the past two years, three insurance companies from Europe—Axa, Zurich, and Swiss Re—announced plans to stop insuring Canadian oil sands projects and reduce or entirely eliminate investments in the oil and gas sector.
Oil and natural pipelines are like light switches on the wall. You take them for granted, along with the expectation that once flipped, your lights will come on. Thus, in normal company and in normal times, few people would, over dinner, discuss something as arcane as tubes and wires. The exception might be a convention of electricians and pipeline workers.