Nuking the oilsands: Why Ernest Manning wanted nuclear weapons to jumpstart Alberta's oil industry - 2019-07-17

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F182.png Nuking the oilsands: Why Ernest Manning wanted nuclear weapons to jumpstart Alberta's oil industry July 17, 2019, CBC News

The late Ernest Manning, a former Alberta premier, was so dedicated to opening up the oilsands for development that he considered detonating nuclear weapons in the province to do so, a new book chronicles.

"One of the challenges in the '50s was to find a better technology for extracting, and for refining this oil," said Darren Dochuk, an Edmonton native who is an associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Dochuk explained that Manning's government considered something called Project Cauldron, the brainchild of a California company called Richfield Oil, which later became the ARCO chain of U.S. gas stations.

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{{cite news | title = Nuking the oilsands: Why Ernest Manning wanted nuclear weapons to jumpstart Alberta's oil industry | url = https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-july-17-2019-1.5214680/nuking-the-oilsands-why-ernest-manning-wanted-nuclear-weapons-to-jumpstart-alberta-s-oil-industry-1.5214690 | work = CBC News | date = July 17, 2019 | accessdate = February 1, 2022 }}