Alberta’s Export Ban A Bad Idea

JWN Energy Group’s Daily Oil Bulletin
24 April 2018

It was an interesting weekend. Several people I know contacted me surprised that I thought Alberta should step aside and let the federal government lead on the Trans Mountain dispute with British Columbia (Alberta Should Let Feds Lead on TMX Ultimatum). They were especially surprised that I thought Alberta should shelve its potential ban on crude, natural gas and petroleum product exports to B.C. I’m a hardcore Albertan — heck, I even moved back from New York to raise my kids here — and a big fan of former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed. The crude and natural gas export ban worked during Lougheed’s epic battle over the National Energy Program in the early 1980s, they argued, so why shouldn’t one work against B.C. now?

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