Plus thoughts on ambassadors, and neighbo(u)rs
Charming guy, but not a lot new there. There was an obligatory blame-dump on Trump (I thought he went a bit heavy on the "betrayal of trust" - when has it not been a bumpy relationship) then a steadily more confused discussion of some magical balancing of net-zero, oil-sands, hydro, carbon capture etc. Has he not noticed that Biden is out trying to buy extra oil from Venezuela and Saudi Arabia? After the pipelines were finally closed down? I doubt that anyone in Alberta or Saskatchewan will be comforted by his comments.
He was on steadier ground vis-a-vis "protectionism", but this is pretty well-trodden ground for US ambassadors.
Nice closer about the baseball.
I want somebody to get cranky on an American ambassador for the time the two Michaels spent under 7x24 lights in solitary. Quite a bit of it, after Biden took office. But with that as a lead-in to talking about how we both have serious problems with China and Saudi Arabia, where we find ourselves having to do business with them, but they really are not our friends.
It's interesting to read between the lines here. Biden has appointed a well-connected, very smooth guy who is a born flatterer of his audience. Canada is amazing. Trump was bad.
But when I think about it, it's the first time I've heard an American talking expansively about Quebec's hydro power in a long time. (When was the last time HYQU did a megaproject?) I'm old enough to remember when Quebec's earlier "energy superpower" fantasies of flooding most of Northern Quebec to supply the US Northeast were shot down by a coordinated push by environmentalists and First Nations.
My spidey sense tells me that Canadian hydroelectricity will be used as a shield by Biden administration against the Dems' enviro left wing as the US quietly imports a lot more Canadian oil to get prices down at the pump.
I really enjoined your first podcast and it’s - unexpected - inaugural subject. The live audience feature was nice (even though it affects sound quality) and the jingle is really good! It felt relaxed. It was both interesting and funny. But I admit I thought you would get to the Michaels in China at some point.
Glad to have seen this, and now to hear it again.
Looking forward to the next chats.
Excellent job Paul
A good first podcast. I look forward to the next ones.