From: Tar Sands Showdown
This chapter concerns the promotion of Canada as “the world’s next energy superpower,” largely because of the development of the tar sands, with these themes: (a) corporate players: the major oil companies and their plants for developing oil from the tar sands, as well as upgraders, pipelines and refinery infrastructure; (b) economic backbone: how tar sands development is the centrepiece of a northern vision, as well as the Canadian economy, influencing currency markets, manufacturing exports and balance of trade; (c) Harper’s firewall: how federal government policies and actions have been designed to protect tar sands industry as the cornerstone of Canada as an en emerging energy superpower.
TONY CLARKE is the founder and director of the Polaris Institute in Ottawa, an organization dedicated to developing tools and strategies for civic action on major public policy issues, including energy security, water rights, and free trade. He holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago, has written numerous books, and is the recipient of Sweden's Right Livelihood Award, the "alternative Nobel Prize." Among his most recent books is Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water with Maude Barlow.