Harper’s petro-folly: How Canada fumbled its post-Keystone energy vision of a gateway to China

Edward Greenspon, Andrew Mayeda, Jeremy van Loon and Rebecca Penty

This is the story of how Canada’s Plan B rejoinder to Obama’s repeated Keystone delays became mired down, jeopardizing future oil-sands development and production at a cost, according to a Calgary research group, of more than $400 billion in lost economic growth over the next 25 years. It was put together after on- and off-the-record interviews with more than 60 government and industry officials, environmentalists and aboriginal leaders. Some government officials close to Harper asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak.