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The US' private energy source

CANADA is an energy superpower. That is what Stephen Harper, the country's prime minister said in 2007 and it remains true despite the downturn in global energy prices in the past year. The country is awash in natural gas and holds the world's second-biggest deposit of oil, in the bitumen-rich oil sands of northern Alberta. For generations, Canadians have felt both blessed and cursed by their natural resources. The blessing is the country's abundance of lumber, water, hydrocarbons and other minerals. And by an accident of geography, Canada sits on the doorstep of the world's most rapacious consumer of these products. The curse? Many Canadians have long resented their role as the hewer of w

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