There is a less obvious but no less important reason many Canadians want the [tar sands] industry stopped: it is relentlessly twisting our society into something we don’t like. Canada is beginning to exhibit the economic and political characteristics of a petro-state.

Countries with huge reserves of valuable natural resources often suffer from economic imbalances and boom-bust cycles. They also tend to have low-innovation economies because lucrative resource extraction makes them fat and happy, at least when resource prices are high.

~ Thomas Homer-Dixon (1956 age:61) in The Tar Sands Disaster