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Alberta Enterprise Group Says Debate Affecting Canada's Economy

01/30/2013 04:01 EST | Updated 04/01/2013 05:12 EDT
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This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows a tar sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. Alberta has the world's third-largest oil reserves after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela - more than 170 billion barrels. Daily production of 1.5 million barrels from the oil sands is expected to increase to 3.7 million in 2025, which the oil industry sees as a pressing reason to build the pipelines. Critics, however, dislike the whole concept of tapping the oil sands, saying it requires huge amounts of energy and water, increases greenhouse gas emissions and threatens rivers and forests. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
EDMONTON - A business organization says too much debate is making it difficult to develop Canada's economy.

The Alberta Enterprise Group says there is too much talk about why proposed pipelines, power lines, mines and hydroelectric projects should not be built.

The group's president, Tim Shipton, says the focus should instead be on why such projects should go ahead.

He says the country is being paralyzed by special interests and complacency and it is time for Canadians to deal with what he calls — quote — "internal blockades."

The group includes Enbridge (TSX:ENB), the firm behind the proposed $6 billion Northern Gateway pipeline that would ship crude derived from Alberta's oilsands to the B.C. coast.

Shipton says the situation is putting jobs and profits at risk, as well as revenues that help pay for government programs.

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