Prime Minister Stephen Harper vows to rebrand Canada as a global energy “superpower” with bitumen exports.
His government is pushing hard for the Chinese-supported Enbridge North Gateway pipeline, which is predicated on tripling oilsands production. That may or may not happen, but such an extreme development would aggravate the project’s already significant economic, social and environmental liabilities in a stagnating global economy.
It would also make Stephen Harper’s 2007 promise to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 65 per cent by 2050 technically impossible.
To date, the following economic and political questions have gone unasked or unanswered in the media and Parliament: