Mark Hudson is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Global Political Economy at the University of Manitoba. He is author of books on the political economy of wildland fire, fair trade, and the forthcoming Neoliberal Lives: work, politics, nature and health in the contemporary U.S.
By Mark Hudson, Katelyn Friesen, Transnational Institute
In order to understand power, we have to look not just to the fields of extraction and their ruined landscapes, nor only at the immediate effects on water, air, wildlife, and the nearby communities that rely on all three. We also have to look up and down the commodity chain. Attention is currently fixed downstream, at the politics and power manifesting in decisions about who and what is expendable in order to get the bitumen to market.