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Episode 57: A deep dive into diversification, oil pipelines and petro-patriotism with Andrew Leach

Andrew Leach joins Dave Cournoyer on the Daveberta Podcast to discuss the state of Alberta’s economy, economic diversification and how the politics of oil and pipelines are developing in 2020. He also shares some thoughts and reflections on climate change policy from his time as chair of Alberta’s Climate Change Advisory Panel in 2015.

Leach is a Canadian energy and environmental economist and an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. You can follow him on Twitter and read more about him on his Wikipedia page.

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3 replies on “Episode 57: A deep dive into diversification, oil pipelines and petro-patriotism with Andrew Leach”

I was expecting progressive tropes through the roof on this podcast, and I wasn’t disappointed, especially with Dave. Leach was slightly more even keeled. I can see how he might have been the pro energy booster in the Notley government, and especially once they figured out they couldnt pay government union wages without the oil industry it might have given him abit of sway. That said Leach trotted out strawman arguments to defend critisism of the Kenney government, in regards to the war room (yes, people who lost their jobs and have taken alot lower pay wont exactly be happy about it, what a surprise). And they admit the attack on Alberta Oil was large and coordinated, which I believe is pretty much the definition of a conspiracy. Trotting out the outing of the New York Times is kinda funny too. Currently the NY Times is outing itself as a partisan actor. So I guess the war room seems to have gotten that one right. All you need to listen to is both worrying about, what “people outside of Alberta will think of Albertans” to know what they really care about. Quite humourous. Once they got on Capp should be doing the war room job I stopped listening. I dont think they understand that when you go up against federal parties, and jurisdictions, making political hay out of rushing to the wake of the oil industry in Alberta, an industry group isnt going to have any traction to do anything.

I cant wait for the referendums to start.

The biggest drag on the government is the failure to institute deep, sustained, across the board 20-30% cuts and moving towards a system of fully privatized health care. Albertans voted for both of these and if the UCP doesn’t deliver, we will elect another conservative government that will move on these items that Albertans want.

I dont see how arbitrary cuts can be helpful. Albertans who have grown used to government handouts should shoulder some of the blame for voting and accepting them, but the politicians who gave it to them need to have their share too.

Much like needing to flatten the curve with Covid, a median course with the economy is get to a place where the private sector is expanding faster than the public sector.

Good work so far from the current government not over reacting to win political points.

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