Disaster Capitalism, Alberta Style: How the Oil Industry and Politicians Exploited COVID-19 - 2020-05-05

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F0.png Disaster Capitalism, Alberta Style: How the Oil Industry and Politicians Exploited COVID-19 May 5, 2020, Chloe Alexander, The Tyee

Premier Jason Kenney and the Alberta government have wasted no time using the current coronavirus crisis to aggressively deregulate the Alberta oilsands.

Using executive powers granted under a provincial state of public health emergency, Alberta is swiftly dismantling legislative, regulatory and financial barriers to oilsands development and pushing through the construction of controversial oil pipelines.

This comes at a time when dissent has effectively been silenced. People are preoccupied with survival, discouraged from leaving their homes and banned from gathering in groups. Demonstrations are not only impossible, they are forbidden by law.

This is a textbook example of what Naomi Klein calls disaster capitalism: using a crisis when the normal rules of democratic procedure are suspended to push though a series of reforms that would otherwise be resisted and opposed.

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{{cite news | first = Chloe | last = Alexander | author2 = Anna Stanley | title = Disaster Capitalism, Alberta Style: How the Oil Industry and Politicians Exploited COVID-19 | url = https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/05/05/Disaster-Capitalism-Pandemic-Alberta/ | work = The Tyee | date = May 5, 2020 | accessdate = May 6, 2020 }}