American Empire and the Canadian Oil Sands by George A. Gonzalez

By George A. Gonzalez

Throughout the united states oil and fuel shale are being 'hydrofracked' to supply petroleum and average gasoline. Oil (or tar) sands from Canada is being 'processed' – thereby producing quite a lot of crude. This booklet locations the novel fossil fuels revolution that's happening in North the US in the context of significant energy politics.

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23 The panel showed indifference to the adverse impact that a nuclear power program could have on the fossil fuel industry. ”24 Therefore, neither the federal government’s policies on urban sprawl nor nuclear civilian power can be accounted for by simply looking at special-interest politics. Instead, we must look at those political processes where the general interests of the US polity and economy are identified and acted upon. As noted, there are two different theoretical camps that seek to identify and analyze the processes whereby the general political interests of the United States are formulated and implemented: (i) state autonomy theory and (ii) economic elite theory.

Needed to attract capital investment and a labor force,14 Alberta adopted a more direct role in fostering local/regional economic activity. 15 Growth machine theory indicates that Edmonton’s promotion of local/regional economic growth is driven by the local/regional growth coalition. A regional or local growth coalition is composed of those economic interests and economic elites who benefit from economic growth in a specific locality or region. , real estate interests). Other important members of such coalitions include banks, utilities, regional media outlets, and law firms that specialize in real estate transactions.

33 Alberta’s policies toward the oil sands did create political friction and political opposition amongst the Alberta petroleum industry. ” In other words, oil extracted in Alberta is limited to reaching central/western North America. 34) Thus, Alberta’s oil producers have a limited market—one that is susceptible to overproduction/glutting. 37 Therefore, production from the oil sands would add petroleum to a market that was adequately serviced by conventional crude. Worse still, in 42 ● American Empire and the Canadian Oil Sands situations when oil prices were low, tar sands would likely displace conventional petroleum.

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