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Friday, January 05, 2007

Jonah Gindin, "Venezuela's and Canada's Very Different Approaches to Oil," Alberta Views, Dec 14, 2006.

"...both Canada and Venezuela are currently negotiating pipelines through indigenous territories, threatening to displace whole communities, with little compensation, if any, on offer....By taking the lead in alternative energy, protection of the environment and equitable partnership with indigenous communities, Canada could establish itself as model for constructive, socially just development."

Gindlin offers a credible leftwing version of the neoliberal criticism of Venezuela's approach.

But there is no guarantee that alternative energy or even environmental protection will by themselves result in reduced poverty or improved literacy, democracy or even investment in the future. In these areas, Venezuela is already committed to real progress.

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