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  •  Actually (none)
    • the FT article points out that a lot of the investment in Alberta will come only in parallel to major investment to build a pipeline West from Edmonton to the Pacific Coast. From there the oil will be transportable to other US ports - or to Asia.

    • it also has a side article about Albertan politics, mentioning that Alberta doesn't want to be taxed on that oil at the federal level, and that it does not want its oil trade to be mixed with the wood dispute.

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    by Jerome a Paris on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 06:51:13 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for the response (none)
      I must admit that oil, infrastructure, and Canadian politics are not my strong points.  I wasn't aware of the pipeline along the Pacific, which would pretty much null the trading-with-China point for now.
    •  For reasons which extend beyond the obvious (none)
      The cheap and easy market for Alberta oil is the US. Frankly, Alberta takes a position that it would rather not give either revenues or oil to the rest of Canada if it in any way endangers their relationship with the US. This is one of the reasons why the politics are so tricky.

      Again (see my comment above), there are the problems created by politicians in Alberta either being compromised by or beholden to the (US) oil interests. And this is a problem not only for them, but to decide that they as a province want to dictate the rules regarding international trade is a problem for the country.

      "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

      by thingamabob on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 07:21:12 AM PST

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    •  correct (none)
      Alberta would much rather have the oil piped directly south to the US than to British Columbia (which, incidentally, is a large supplier of all that softwood lumber).

      All of this is playing out very stealthily in our present govt. tug-of-war. The GOP has been up here 'advising' the Conservatives. Lucky us, eh?

      -7.00,-7.74 No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. -- Edward R Murrow

      by subtropolis on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 07:33:23 AM PST

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