With energy strategy it would be easier to resolve questions about the Energy East Pipeline

In addition to concerns about the environmental impact, questions are being raised about whether the economic impact of the Energy East plan to convert a natural gas pipeline to carry oil will be positive.

A recent Globe and Mail article suggested Energy East would result in higher costs for natural gas in Ontario and Québec. This could result in the cancellation of plans for a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant in Québec. 

The Alberta Federation of Labour has expressed concern that, without a plan to ensure oil is refined in Canada, the pipeline conversion will increase Canada's problem with exporting low-cost raw materials and importing higher value finished products.

These questions about Energy East are yet another reminder of the problems of making decisions that will have a significant impact on the economy without the framework of a modern industrial strategy.