‘New World of Energy Development’ Creates Roadblocks for Harper’s Energy Superpower
Eight years after newly-elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared Canada an energy superpower, Canada is “more a country with an energy ‘super-problem,’” writes Gattinger, chair of the Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy at the University of Ottawa. With Harper in charge, projects like the Northern Gateway pipeline can pretty much count on regulatory approval. “But we’ve entered a new world of energy development that raises a host of questions about energy policy, about how we ‘do energy’ in this country. Unfortunately for us, we’ve barely begun to frame up these questions, much less debate and address them in a meaningful way.” Gattinger delves into four fundamental questions about cross-Canada energy flows: energy federalism, the role of local communities and NGOs, Aboriginal communities, and public opinion/energy literacy.