Thursday, June 09, 2022

Alberta's offer to help Ukraine not all philanthropic

I have to call out Alberta's Energy Minister (and secret WWF wrestler, I'm convinced) Sonya Savage for her comments in response to calls from Ukraine's Naftogaz for international partners in developing Ukraine's natural gas reserves.

Ms. Savage says that Alberta and Canada have a "moral imperative to help" Ukraine in this respect. And yet somehow I don't think she was really thinking of poor beleaguered Ukraine at all. I think she was thinking about the lucrative contracts Alberta's (also beleaguered, but in a different way) oil and gas industry could score.

I could be wrong, of course. But it just seems like a much too rehearsed and fortuitous a response to be convincing.

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