When it comes to petro-statehood, Canada is a lot closer to Nigeria than to Norway and more's the pity. The Tyee's Andrew Nikiforuk has done a terrific job chronicling how Ottawa and Alberta have squandered that province's energy wealth.
Now the BBC takes a look at Norway's oil city, Bergen.
As one of the centres of Norway's booming oil and gas industries, it is also a very wealthy place.
Yet there are few displays of ostentatious spending - there are no supercars with tinted windows, no designer handbag shops, and no queues of people outside exclusive nightclubs.
For while other countries have struck oil and then binged on the revenues, by contrast Norway is continuing to invest its oil and gas money in a giant sovereign wealth fund.
The fund, worth about $800bn (£483bn), owns 1% of the entire world's stocks, and is big enough to make every citizen a millionaire in the country's currency, the kroner. In effect, it is a giant savings account.
What's critical and what no Albertan since Peter Lougheed has had the mental capacity to grasp is that flooding the local economy with oil wealth is ultimately destructive. It creates inflationary boom cycles in which wealth literally evaporates. And, of course, those boom cycles lead to terrible bust cycles whenever world oil prices plummet. Which is when you'll see a load of Wild Rose pickups sporting bumper stickers like this: