Once again, the treatment of the Alberta Oil Patch is at the core of a dispute testing the viability of Canada’s increasingly dysfunctional governing structures. In order to better make sense of what is going on, some might see as useful this account of history and contemporary political contention. This essay highlights from my own Albertan perspective the constitutional framework of Energy Policy and of Natural Resource law in Canada, the Western Hemisphere’s largest country.

For now, the core controversy has to do with the generation and distribution of electricity in Alberta. Will dependable natural gas fuel the power grid of Alberta? Or will Ottawa get its way and force on Canada’s oil-and-gas dynamo a dependence on the flimsy technology of wind power and solar panels. Will the Alberta government decide the future of its own domestic system for generating energy or will this matter be determined by the climate-change zealots who presently control Canada’s national government?

The current controversy is most likely a gateway to further rounds of antagonism in Canada and beyond. Suddenly it seems the world is at a cross-roads in the life-or-death quest for the most satisfactory means of producing energy safely, profitably, cheaply, and efficiently.

As so much else in the world, the politics of energy policy are in turbulent flux especially now that the fast-growing BRICS coalition is already well along the path to taking control of the lion’s share of world’s oil and gas.

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