[A-List] Canada's Bargain-basement Oil Royalty Regime
critical.montages at gmail.com
Sat Apr 7 14:57:05 MDT 2007
On 4/7/07, Jim Yarker <sjy_estrien at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> it is by no means only in the petro sector that communities are screwed by
> an unfair royalties régime in Canada. Take the windpower sector in Québec.
> This is why the PQ, under pressure from its left, adopted a nationalization
> resolution on éolien. The beautiful landscapes of the Gaspésie and the
> Bas-St-Laurent - tourism dependent regions more than ever thanks to the fact
> their fisheries have been ruined by federal policies - have been marred by
> chaotic windpower development installations without any serious community
> consultation. No serious royalties flow to municipalities, there's no
> significant local job creation and the lands selected for installations are
> getting compensated by a fraction of the payment flowing to lands in
> Ontario. (that's an accident too, I suppose...). The Ontario-based
> companies carrying out this theft justify their policy by claiming it's
> based on land evaluations, but the windpower harvest from the Québec lands
> is much higher, so that's a fraud.
Thanks for this note. I didn't know about this problem at all.
Is there an overview of Canada's energy policy written by a
(preferably left-wing) economist or geographer that you (or anyone
else on the list) can recommend?
Also, is there any book or article that covers Canada, the USA, and
Mexico at the same time and discusses economic integration of the
three countries with emphasis on energy questions?
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