Paper $35.95 ISBN: 9780774863537 Will Publish May 2021 For sale in USA only
Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9780774863520 Published November 2020 For sale in USA only

Fossilized

Environmental Policy in Canada’s Petro-Provinces

Angela V. Carter

Fossilized

Angela V. Carter

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

186 pages | 7 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $35.95 ISBN: 9780774863537 Will Publish May 2021 For sale in USA only
Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9780774863520 Published November 2020 For sale in USA only

Thanks to increasingly extreme forms of oil extraction, Canada’s largest oil-producing provinces underwent exceptional economic growth from 2005 to 2015. Yet oil’s economic miracle obscured its ecological costs. Fossilized traces this development trajectory, assessing how the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Labrador offered extensive support for oil development and downplayed its environmental effects. At the height of the boom, these oil-dependent provinces undermined their own environmental policies in order to boost production. Angela Carter investigates overarching institutional trends that prioritized resource extraction over environmental protection and identifies regulatory inadequacies related to environmental assessment, land-use planning, and emissions controls. Her detailed analysis situates these policy dynamics squarely within the historical and global context of late-stage petro-capitalism and the growing neo-liberalization of environmental policy.

Fossilized reveals a country out of step with the transition unfolding in response to the climate crisis. As the global community moves toward deep decarbonization, Canada’s petro-provinces have intensified oil production, intertwining their fate ever more closely with fossil fuel extraction—at great ecological and economic risk.

Review Quotes
Paul Bowles, University of Northern British Columbia
Fossilized stands out in its field for its in-depth coverage of how environmental policies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador have been shaped to further the interests of oil producers.
Graeme Wynn, University of British Columbia
Angela Carter’s forensic examination of the wilful disregard of environmental concerns by those who should have known better reminds us of the need for continuing vigilance and a healthy critical scepticism in the face of corporate and political efforts to sustain business as usual.
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