By Jeremy Appel

“Petroleum is like a genie,” writes journalist Peter Foster in his 1979 book The Blue Eyed Sheiks: The Canadian Oil Establishment.

“Hunched in infinite blackness, often miles below the surface of the earth, it offers both wealth and power to those who can release it by pricking its cage of rock. But the beast is strangely formed and strangely found. [T]he genie’s bounty, quite literally, fuels the modern world.”  

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