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Why should you care about Libya

Just did an interview about this with NewsTalk 1010.  We talked a fair bit about my 1992 book about the country.

You’re unlikely to visit the place anytime soon; you’re not even sure you could spot it on a map.  Why should you care?

Here’s why.  All of the unrest inLibya and other places in the Arab world means volatility, and volatility means higher oil prices.

Summer 2011: not a good Summer to start pitching a new and improved Green Shift.



6 Responses to “Why should you care about Libya”

  1. Cow says:

    Wouldn’t record high oil prices — and the news from the Americans that they believe the Saudis are lying about capacity and, in fact, can’t increase production further — be *exactly* the time for a new and improved Green Shift?

    And I do mean improved. You can’t just say “hi, your fuel is whatever per litre, we’re adding tax,” but a new green/Green platform seems like the only reasonable choice right now. If fuel is two, three dollars per litre, then people are going to want to drive less, just as it happened in the huge spike in the last decade. And we need a forward-thinking government that has already built out the infrastructure to make that possible.

    The problem with something like Dion’s Green Shift is that it sounds like Government Is Coming to Take Away Your SUV. What we need are sensible investments in infrastructure and transport so that the public is offered a choice: you can drive to work this morning (and pay fuel, upkeep, wear and tear) or you can take transit (maybe it takes a little longer, and you have to pay fare / pay for a pass).

    We’re not going to get it from Harper or Ignatieff, I know, but it’s what we need to be doing.

  2. The Other Jim says:

    I picked up “Unholy Alliances” a few years back. It is an excellent, if often disturbing, read.

  3. Michael Slavitch says:

    The price of gas in Europe is already well over $2.00 a litre Canadian. People still drive, just shorter distances in much smaller vehicles.

    • Steve T says:

      Europe is defined by “shorter distances”. You can’t compare their situation with ours. In Canada, even basic transportation of goods and services means travelling distances that would span multiple countries in Europe.

  4. Gord Tulk says:

    There is an old saying in the commodities bidness that “the cure for high prices is … High prices. ” (ditto for low prices). This saying is in fact a rule. And oil is not exempt from this rule. The difficulty with oil versus almost every other commodity is that it is very difficult to ramp up more production in a short time and it is very difficult to switch to an alternative in a short period. (compare that to potatoes. If the price goes up 500% or there is a shortage, we can easily switch to rice)

    “green” options are all various forms of fiscal folly compared to increasing oil production and working to convert our transport fleet to NG and constructing economically profitable nuclear power facilities (CANDU is not an option btw for that reason). But getting these online will take time – lots of time. We began to remove oil as a fuel source for electricity circa 1971 and it wasn’t achieved until 1985. Governments at all levels need to remove regulatory burdens as much as can be responsibly done to expedite the process. Subsidies and grants aren’t needed. It is and has been a matter of national security.

    Worrying, much less campaigning on, the dubious theory of AGW and proposing legislation that would impede rapid expansion of oil and gas supply is a not just dumb, it puts our security at risk.

    In time oil and gas supply and demand will change and there will be a crash in the price of energy – probably a very long-term one as our reserves for both are vast – centuries long. In the meantime we need to focus on the job at hand – not piss into the wind by implementing AGW legislation.

    I suspect there are people sane enough within the LPC to understand the above, but then they did elect Dion as leader so perhaps I am wrong.

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