Fossilized reveals how Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador – blinded by exceptional economic growth from 2005 to 2015 – undermined environmental policies to intensify ecologically detrimental extreme oil extraction.
Thanks to increasingly extreme forms of oil extraction, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador underwent exceptional economic growth from 2005 to 2015. Fossilized investigates the environmental policy trends that supported this development trajectory, such as institutional restructuring that prioritizes extraction over environmental protection, alongside inadequate environmental assessment, land-use planning, and emissions controls. Angela Carter’s detailed analysis situates the policy dynamics of Canada’s largest oil-producing provinces within the historical and global context of late-stage petro-capitalism and deepening neoliberalization. As the global community moves toward decarbonization, Canada's petro-provinces are instead doubling down on oil – to their ecological and economic peril.
Angela V. Carter is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and a fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
Fossilized stands out in its field for its in-depth coverage of how environmental policies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador have been shaped to further the interests of oil producers.- Paul Bowles, professor, Department of Economics and International Graduate Studies Program, University of Northern British Columbia
Angela Carter’s forensic examination of the wilful disregard of environmental concerns by those who should have known better reminds us of the need for continuing vigilance and a healthy critical scepticism in the face of corporate and political efforts to sustain business as usual.- From the foreword by Graeme Wynn, professor emeritus, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia
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