The prosperity of Canada's resource industries may be threatened by a culture of fear fostered by an environmental aristocracy.

CALGARY, Oct. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Frontier Centre for Public Policy has released Senior Fellow Elizabeth Nickson's paper  "Surviving Sustainability: Towards Enduring Prosperity". The always thought-provoking and occasionally controversial Nickson suggests that past governments in their zeal to create government funded organizational fields may have instead threatened enduring prosperity. She states that billions of tax dollars have been used to "harness and halt all resource-based industries, hampering efforts to create environmentally friendly technologies and choking prosperity".

Nickson asserts that a culture of fear has been created by an "environmental aristocracy" and has contributed to a hysteria that encourages people to demand more and more restrictions and regulations on industry. She points to studies that show these stifling regulations have even driven small rural farming operations out of business.

Nickson offers a look at several reforms to environmental overregulation including:

  • The Species at Risk Act and the Endangered Species Act
  • Halting land sequestration and sterilization
  •  Property rights/private ownership land management

Elizabeth Nickson is an accomplished communicator, journalist, author and novelist. Her bio includes postings as European Bureau Chief of Life Magazine, a reporter for Time Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator (UK), Saturday Night, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Harper's Magazine. She has interviewed world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, and the Dalai Lama.

Elizabeth Nickson's "Surviving Sustainability: Towards Enduring Prosperity" can be found here: Surviving Sustainability

About the Frontier Centre for Public Policy

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy is an innovative research and education charity registered in both Canada and the United States. Founded in 1999 by philanthropic foundations seeking to help voters and policy makers improve their understanding of the economy and public policy, our mission is to develop ideas that change the world  

SOURCE Frontier Centre for Public Policy

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