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Canada at fault for LNG failure

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Bloomberg are reporting that, according to Seven Generations Energy founder Pat Carlson, the Canadian natural gas industry should not blame environmentalists, First Nation communities or the government for its failure to get LNG export infrastructure built. It should blame itself.

Pat Carlson stepped down as CEO of the Calgary-based natural gas producer last month. Carlson, who made community relations a hallmark of Seven Generations’ culture, says the industry needs to do a better job of involving those most affected by its operations.

Businesses cannot rely on the government to push projects past the objections of local communities, said the 63-year-old Carlson in an interview. Instead, governments should provide a final examination of operations that have already been mostly agreed on.

A project that needs government assistance to overcome local resistance represents a failure of the free-market system and a step toward a state-controlled economy, he said. And industry should work to convince environmentalists that getting Canadian natural gas to the coast fights climate change by cutting China’s dependence on dirtier coal.

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