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Once again, energy policy was an element of President Obama’s State of the Union Address (2014). What’s interesting is both what’s seen, and what is not seen.

Here, in the quotes related to energy, is what’s seen:


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When we talk about energy policy here in Canada, whether provincial or national, the discussion usually revolves around investment, jobs, revenues, and the environment. That’s generally been the terms of discussion on the recently killed Northern Gateway pipeline: who’ll get the money, who’ll get the jobs, and who’ll bear the risk. But there’s another dimension to energy policy that is often left out of the discussion, which is the idea of energy security, not only for Canada, but for the world as a whole. And decisions like Northern Gateway do little to add to Canada’s energy security.


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In an early February announcement with a local candidate near Edmonton, Wildrose leader Danielle Smith added her voice to those who want  to offer “incentives” to attract investment for more refineries in Alberta. Smith said if elected Premier, she would “make it more attractive for the private sector to invest in locally upgrading our bitumen product.”  Shannon Stubbs, the Wildrose candidate in Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville who accompanied Smith, urged the province to consider spearheading new upgrading technology—this as if companies are not already doing just that.