Writing Dysfunction

Writing Dysfunction

Posted on January 31 by Dennis McConaghy
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My original purpose in writing Dysfunction was to provide a narrative history from the perspective of someone on the executive team that conceived and executed the Keystone XL project. I felt it was important that Canadians understood why the project was lost and what that loss would cost them.

As the book evolved, exploring how such an outcome could be avoided in the future became a greater part of the book. Could Canada exploit the economic opportunities available from its hydrocarbon endowment and still be credible on contributing to dealing with the global climate change risk?

In a New York Times article, I commented on the developments of the proposed Keystone XL project and it&;s effect on Canada. 

“The country needs to find a balance between a credible carbon policy and seizing this economic opportunity,” said Mr. McConaghy, who recently published a book on Keystone XL. “But on carbon, they have outlined commitments which will be very challenging to meet, especially given increased oil sands production.”

Click here to read the full article, which gives context on the background of the pipeline and commentary on recent events.

 

Dennis McConaghy

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Dennis McConaghy

Dennis McConaghy is a Canadian energy executive who has nearly forty years of industry experience in infrastructure development and is the author of Dysfunction: Canada after Keystone XL. He lives in Calgary.