>Alberta's acting like a third world thugocracy, reneging on its earlier agreements regarding royalties with oil sand developers/producers.<
and why not? and all the companies are negotiating to fall in line. personally, i'm surprised Putin hasn't yet announced that Europe has to pay $1,000/barrel oil equiv or he'll turn turnoff spigots. and i wrote a letter a year ago to Harper demanding that Canada force companies that want to use Canadian natural resources be required to use them in Canada, ie open plants in Canada. create employment in Canada, not elsewhere with "cheap" Canadian resources. of course response from Dept of Energy was we're doing the best we can by charging mrket prices. that answered that question.