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.
Foreword: Talking about a House on Fire / Graeme Wynn
Introduction: Situating Canada’s Petro-Provinces
1 Alberta: Provincial Life Blood and Anemic Environmental Regulation
2 Saskatchewan: Saskaboom and Environmental Policy Bust
3 Newfoundland and Labrador: Economic Miracle and Environmental Debacle
4 From Boom to Bust: Doubling Down on Oil
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] cast[s] a new and hopeful light on what political scientists sometimes call a super-wicked problem.
~Donald Wright, University of New Brunswick, Literary Review of Canada
Carter... is optimistic. Instead of offering investments to the oil and gas industry, why not look to support a new, low-carbon economy?
~Mary Shortall, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, Our Times Magazine
Book Awards, Canadian Political Science Association