There’s a lot of fear around abandoning an industry that has been an economic driver for decades – yet the rest of the world is moving on
Today, I will gratefully accept an honorary degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. This is special to me, as it’s where I spent some of my early years as a scientist and kicked off my career in broadcasting.
The university is in the heart of Canada’s oil country, and the degree has stirred controversy. But it has little to do with the degree itself or my views on the oilsands, and everything to do with how difficult it is to have an honest, respectful, science-based discussion about Canada’s energy future.