A poll conducted by the Pembina Institute in 2007 found that 71 percent of Albertans favored an idea their government has always rejected out of hand: a moratorium on new oil sands projects until environmental concerns can be resolved. "It's my belief that when government attempts to manipulate the free market, bad things happen," Premier Stelmach told a gathering of oil industry executives that year. "The free-market system will solve this."
"The Calgary-based Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) estimated last fall that companies planning new oil-sands projects require prices between $80 and $100 a barrel to earn a reasonable rate of return, depending on the extraction method."
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