Milton Friedman, when he studied the Great Depression, had a very interesting take. Everyone thinks of Milton Friedman as this big free-markets guy. But his explanation of the Great Depression was that the Federal Reserve didn’t do its job.
And his explanation of why the Federal Reserve didn’t do its job is interesting. What he says is, the New York banks used to self-regulate themselves when there were credit crunches and runs on the banks. They would get together, and they would more or less agree, “Here are the rules. Here’s how we’re going to handle this crisis.” He said once the Federal Reserve came into being, they stopped doing that. They sort of expected that the Federal Reserve would do it.
And so the institutions and the habits, the whole structure of that self-regulation went into disrepair. Then when the crisis hit in 1929, 1930, that institutional framework didn’t exist, and then the Federal Reserve sat on its hands. And I think something like that is also a way of looking at what’s happened recently. Wall Street could have self-regulated, but it chose not to. And Washington chose not to. And so no sober adult was in charge of these things.
In the Resource Marketplace, and Research & Capabilities Modules of the Draft Specification. I attempt to resolve this situation. By providing the producers, represented in the JOC, with a window on the service industries. Giving the producers a means in which to have the innovations and developments of the earth science and engineering disciplines be extended through to the service industries. Extending the producers organization in a manner that could eliminate the feast or famine cycle they induce in the service industry. Just because the producer receives 100% of the proceeds from oil and gas sales. Does not entitle them to expect the service industry will source all of their capital and ideas from elsewhere. They form too critical a part of the industry to hold them ransom each time their is problem at the producer level.
In a recent article in the Financial Post that reflects the final resolution of ignoring the larger issues. Henry Sykes, President of MGM Energy Corp in Calgary talking about the delays in the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline says;
"This is an embarrassment to the country -- this project, the regulatory system … and yet nothing is happening," Mr. Sykes said in an interview."While I remain optimistic that there will eventually be a pipeline, I have given up predicting timing. Between the regulatory process and the fiscal negotiations, I think this has taken far too long.
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