The Keystone Pipeline Project: The Views of an Anonymous Academic

Even the author of this blog does not know the identity of the academic who sent this e-mail to another academic whose name he does know but, unfortunately, cannot disclose. Both are alive and well.

“I was never certain that Prime Minister Harper had the Obama administration on side, in the way that Mulroney had Reagan on side, and starting last summer, I saw doubting Thomases even on the Canadian side. It is easy to take a rational, economic perspective, but screwing around with farmers and water supplies is always terrible politics, and I think TransCanada vastly underestimated how much the folks on main street resented big oil, big money, and big politics.

“I am simply amazed how people take free trade as a given, forgetting how terribly difficult it was to keep the pro-free engines running, even in the Progressive Conservative caucus.

“Your close friend Palmerston once said that countries don’t have friends, they have interests. Welcome to the big leagues of global politics!”

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2 responses to “The Keystone Pipeline Project: The Views of an Anonymous Academic

  1. Economist Jeffrey Sachs presented his recent book yesterday in Toronto. He commented that Big Oil and Wall Street have alienated Main Street over the last 30 years, starting with Reagan. The people in the U.S. have little voice or public forum.

    “Oppression is to speak as if the other has no voice.” Archbishop Rowan Williams

    • I don’t understand the ‘starting with Reagan’ remark. Main Street *adores* Reagan; he’s a saint in their eyes. I agree that the vast inequalities of wealth in the US got a kick start from Reagan’s administration, but Main Street (never known for its intelligence) doesn’t know that or care to see it. I agree about the alienation etc, just not that Main Street would date it from their old Ronnie.