Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau have made a joint decision to ban drilling in the Arctic. For the US, it will be permanent, while in Canada, a five year review will be conducted, based on climate and marine science.
Now the Premier of the North West Territories, Bob Macleod, and the Premier of Nunavut, Peter Taptuna, are giving the Prime Minister a dose of reality.
They say that the ban on drilling in the Arctic will affect the northern way of life and that people need good paying jobs to sustain their lifestyle.
And then there’s the problem that Trudeau didn’t consult the region or any indigenous groups, which was one of his big election promises.
Chalk this one up to Trudeau following irrelevant outbound Obama’s lead at the expense of much needed prosperity that would provide essentials like housing, schools and hospitals in northern Canada.
The new incoming President of the United States is pro-oil, so I don’t expect this policy to hold up for long.