The Current in Calgary - September 12 & 13
The Tories at 40
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The Mountain Pine Beetle
Pine beetles have chewed their way through devastating swaths of British
Columbia's forests and are now literally making a killing through Alberta.
Journalist Andrew Nikiforuk outlines the power of the lowly mountain pine beetle
with a very big appetite and a game-changing capacity for ecological
destruction. If you thought you knew about this insect before .. you've got no
idea. Did you know that they credited the beetle with the invention of the wheel
and the chain saw?
Game Changer: Peter Lougheed
As Alberta's Progressive Conservative Party marks 40 years in power, Anna
Maria Tremonti talks face to face with political Game Changer Peter Lougheed. He
was the first Premier in this long Tory dynasty -- a man with a vision who
championed development of oil and gas resources, and fought Ottawa on energy
revenue sharing. Now, Mr. Lougheed reflects on his province at a crossroads...
with premier Stelmach stepping down and the leadership campaign gearing up.
We also look at the pivotal decision, almost 50 years ago, to take that huge gamble on oil sands development. It was a game changer for Alberta, the country and the world... you'll hear from one of its very first workers as well as a current industry leader.
What If ... Oil was left in the sand?
What if there had been no ancient ocean to cover northern Alberta? What if no sea life had died, decomposed in the silt and turned into a kind of hydrocarbon molasses? What on earth would people do in Fort McMurray on a Saturday night ? We imagine a life without the oil sands. And -- Geologists can be so cruel. But the man they once mocked as Dry Hole Hunter would show them all.
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