Thursday, 12 April 2018


David Vardy, a frequent contributor on this Blog, can often be found discussing how the failure of the Muskrat Falls project is symptomatic of a broken democracy. He met up recently with Andrew Nikiforuk, an award winning journalist who has written for twenty years about the energy industry.

Andrew Nikiforuk
Nikiforuk is not your garden variety energy writer nor one who counts barrels of oil or merely gives dimension to the brisk shale oil business. He describes himself as one who “cares deeply about accuracy, government accountability, and cumulative impacts.”
Whether big oil or big hydro, his focus is how the management and development of megaprojects in the energy sector seem to either corrupt public policy or find propulsion in jurisdictions suffering from a policy vacuum.
In analysing the impact on societies and their institutional structure from such mega developments, Nikiforuk and Vardy are two peas in a pod. 

David Vardy
I found the interview with Vardy and Andrew Nikiforuk compelling and well worth bringing to your attention.

Incidentally, Nikiforuk is an award winning author, His books include Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, an award winning bestseller.
Others include Empire of the Beetle as well as Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry; the latter winning the 2016 Science in Society Journalism Award.
Nikiforuk is also a contributing editor to a Blog out of British Columbia called The Tyee.
Find the Nikiforuk/Vardy piece at this Link: Site C, Other Dams Symptoms of Broken-Democracy.