Homer-Dixon talks Biden, oil and Alberta

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The director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University, Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, joined national radio host Charles Adler to discuss the Biden Inauguration, the Keystone XL pipeline and the future of Alberta.

Here is an excerpt of their discussion regarding the announced cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline by President-elect Biden:

"It’s an enormous blow to the folks working in the oil patch in Alberta... I worked in the oil patch when I was younger. I put myself through school working on oil rigs and gas rigs… so I have an on-the ground knowledge of that industry and the enormous courage and entrepreneurship of people working in that industry.

"It’s true all of Canada has benefitted from Alberta’s enormous oil resources for many decades. But this writing has been on the wall for a very long time. And even if Keystone XL were approved and built, we are in the last years, the last decade or two of major fossil fuel extraction in Alberta, because there is a profound change coming to world energy systems driven to climate change. And that’s just inescapable. I think it’s an extraordinary tragedy that Alberta’s leaders have not gotten in front of this change and started the process of adjusting Alberta’s economy." 

Listen to his interview on Charles Adler Tonight, at the 30:45 mark of the show’s podcast.