Protesting the Alberta oil sands

Last Thursday evening my wife forwarded an email about a protest of the Keystone pipeline.  Previously she has sent me notes about protesting the proposed pipeline through northern British Columbia.  Both would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands.  What did I think?

So I suggested that if she really wanted to protest the oil sands she should cancel our  weekend trip to a fourth birthday party some five hours drive away.

Oil from the tar sands is some of the most expensive to extract – it has a high marginal cost.  A relatively small decrease in demand for gasoline  might just bring the price down so as to make the tar sands project no longer viable.

The birthday party was fun and helped contribute to the Canadian Gross National Product.


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