Ross Belot is a retired senior manager with one of Canada’s largest energy companies. In over 30 years in the energy sector he has gained an in-depth understanding of global and Canadian crude oil, refining and petroleum products strategies, economics and logistics. As well as writing on energy and climate change policy he is a Hamilton Ontario based poet, photographer and film maker.
Oh, Canada. We may not have a national mythology built on a phrase like the American 'Life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,' but we do have a myth based on the refrain that 'Ottawa Liberals hate Alberta.'
The oilsands golden years lasted about a decade, and they will never come back. Blaming that on a lack of pipelines just perpetuates a myth. Columnist Ross Belot examines what stopped the boom and investment trends since then.
In Alberta and other fossil fuel production jurisdictions there is a whole lot of externalizing going on. Ross Belot examines the corporate practice of pushing environmental liabilities off onto government and society.
Some voters had a lot of hope for the federal Liberals back in 2015. First of all, Justin Trudeau was not Stephen Harper. He also had a pile of platform promises that appealed to many Canadians. Confronting climate change was one of the big ones.