ENERGY TRANSITION & CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS: June 27, 2020

WEEKLY QUOTE:

There’s a green arms race underway, with companies positioning to be seen as part of the solution to climate change rather than the problem.

Dr Valentina Kretzschmar Vice President, Corporate Research Wood Mackenzie

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Main Headline:

For Albertans, the future of oil and gas is not just another policy debate, it goes much deeper

Poll shows an intertwining of policy with identity, explaining why politics seem so mean-spirited right now

What Albertans told us

A quick way to see the responses on the whole is through a word cloud, shown below. This shows the 100 most-mentioned words, excluding commonly-used words like theandbut, etc. Similar words are grouped, so governmentgovernments, and governing are grouped together under the term govern. The larger a word appears, the more frequently it was mentioned.

With Alberta in Phase 2 of its economic relaunch and the first wave of COVID-19 seemingly in the rear-view mirror, the Alberta government has signalled that its focus now is to get the economy going again while keeping a lid on the pandemic.

In CBC’s Road Ahead poll in May, the survey asked respondents, “What do you think are the most important things Alberta can do to get its economy back on track?” This was an open-ended question, meaning respondents could answer in whatever way they wanted and were not limited to a set of responses. This gives us an unfiltered view of what Albertans are thinking.

The responses show Albertans are divided on the best long-term strategy for strengthening the economy. One group favours economic diversification. Another favours doubling-down on oil and gas.

This might seem like just another policy debate, but underneath lies a deeper rift — an existential crisis questioning what it means to be Albertan. Are we about oil or not? Is there a new, post-oil Alberta? Or is it oil and gas or bust?

The intertwining of policy with identity helps explain why politics seem so much more mean-spirited in Alberta right now. These results suggest things could get even messier. 

But first, let’s look at the data.

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