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Acknowledgements Tables and Charts Acronyms Introduction: A Neo-Liberal Klondike The Boom A Modern Klondike...If Not for the Role of the State The Path Ahead 1. Market Fundamentalism and the State Introduction Capital's Privilege in Market Societies Economic Liberalism's Resurrection: Market Fundamentalism Conclusion 2. State, Capital, and the Foundations of Exploiting the Tar Sands Introduction Alberta's Bitumen Early History The Social Credit Years: The Birth of Great Canadian Oil Sands (Suncor) Syncrude Confused Seas on the Voyage to Free Trade Conclusion 3. Building Canada's Oil Factory: Reregulating the Tar Sands Introduction Struggling to Survive? The Liberal Renaissance The Missionary The State Embraces the Sermon: Alberta The State Embraces the Sermon: Canada "An Era of Unprecedented Growth" Conclusion 4. Landscape of Sacrifice: The Environmental Consequences of Reregulating the Tar Sands Introduction State Institutions: No Friends to Environmental Concerns Integrated Resource Planning in Name Only: Sacrificing a Potential World Heritage Site The Cumulative Environmental Management Association: Too Little, Too Late The Pembina Institute and the Limits of the Reformist Critique Conclusion 5. First Nations: Resistance and Compromise Introduction First Nations' Concerns and Objections: Developing a Scientific Critique First Nations' Concerns and Objections: The Constitutional Critique Compromise: The Other Face of the First Nations' Relationship to the Tar Sands First Nations: Partners in Exploiting the Tar Sands Building First Nations' Organizational Capacity...with Strings Attached Conclusion 6. Prison Break? The Political Economy of Royalty Reform Introduction The Politics of Leadership Succession and Petroleum Royalties Establishing the Public's "Fair Share": The Alberta Royalty Review Panel Industry Strikes Back Alberta's 2007 Oil Sands Royalty Changes: Draconian or Reaffirming? Conclusion 7. Taking Environmental Issues Abroad: Toxic Tailings, Dead Ducks Introduction Mr. Smith Goes to Washington "The Press Is the Enemy" Dead Ducks, Tarred Images The Bitumen Triangle: Industry, Government, and Universities Unite to Tell a Better Story Directive 074 and the Politics of Tailings Ponds Reclamation The Institutional Framework Conclusion 8. The Tar Sands and the Politics of Climate Change Introduction Dirty Oil, Climate Change, and the Transnational Environmental Critique Congress, the Bush Administration, and the Security of Tar Sands Access to US Markets What to Reduce in Alberta? Emissions and/or Emissions Intensity? The Specified Gas Emitters Regulation: Alberta's 12 Percent Solution The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) The Keystone XL Pipeline Conclusion 9. An Inconvenient Truth: New Government, Same Approach Introduction Let's Talk Royalties (Again) Directive 085: Letting the Fox Guard the Henhouse? Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan Conclusion 10. Conclusion: Market Fundamentalism in the Tar Sands Market Fundamentalism and the Character of Exploitation Market Fundamentalism and Nature Market Fundamentalism and Countermovements The Future Appendix 1: Oil Sands Production, 1995-2015, BPD (000s) References Index

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Ian Urquhart is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta.


"The sweep and density of Ian Urquhart's analysis will ensure that, for years to come, Costly Fix will be a standard text in the Canadian political economy canon, placing it in the company of such classics as Larry Pratt and John Richards' Prairie Capitalism (1979)." -- Chris Tollefson * The Tyee.ca, January 28, 2019 *

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