A fair distribution of oil and gas revenues for Newfoundland and Labrador: a feasibility study

Lee, Dongjun (2020) A fair distribution of oil and gas revenues for Newfoundland and Labrador: a feasibility study. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate a way to a sustainable future of Newfoundland and Labrador through the introduction of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) using the province’s oil and gas resources. The theoretical frameworks for this study are the capital approach of weak sustainability, environmental justice, and resource curse. With these frameworks, a comparative case study analysis has been adopted to investigate cases of two jurisdictions that are already successfully operating SWFs funded by oil and gas revenue to build more sustainable societies by sustaining their economic, environmental, human, and social capitals. Based on the case studies, this feasibility study examined the following questions: 1) What impacts did the Norwegian SWF have on the sustainability of Norway? 2) What impacts did the Alaskan SWF have on the sustainability of Alaska? 3) How does the oil and gas industry affect Newfoundland and Labrador's sustainability and what improvements should be made? 4) Will Newfoundland and Labrador be able to ensure sustainability with their oil and gas revenue? The study concludes that introducing a SWF could help to ensure the sustainability of Newfoundland and Labrador, with several supporting policies, such as diversified funding sources, building a framework that can benefit local people, and achieving social consensus.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/14841
Item ID: 14841
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 156-204).
Keywords: sustainability, oil and gas, SWOT, SWF, Newfoundland and Labrador
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Science and the Environment > Environmental Policy Institute
Date: September 2020
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Sovereign wealth funds--Government policy--Newfoundland and Labrador; Natural resources--Government policy--Newfoundland and Labrador.

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