Energy: The Fight to Pipe Alaska's Gas

The little guy wins the big one

The negotiating teams worked until 5:30 one morning last week to make final changes in the agreement. Only five hours later, as Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau stood by smiling, President Carter announced that Canada and the U.S. had decided to build a trans-Canadian pipeline that will carry natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to the Lower 48—and later may also funnel gas south from Canada's partly developed deposits in the Mackenzie Bay delta.

The swiftness of the final negotiations was surprising, since the U.S. and Canada have engaged in considerable bargaining about the project. More...

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