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API: Poll shows strong U.S. support for Canadian oil supply

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 – Most Americans strongly value Canada’s role as a secure, stable and friendly supplier of oil for U.S. families and businesses, according to a poll by Harris Interactive for API and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

Support becomes stronger when Americans learn about the jobs Canadian oil creates in the United States, the poll shows.

“As policymakers debate important questions about our energy security, this survey makes it clear that Americans overwhelmingly want the administration to support greater use of Canada’s abundant resources,” said Jack Gerard, API president and CEO.

CAPP President Dave Collyer said the poll shows that many Americans view Canada oil as reliable and friendly. “Canada’s oil industry wants to help reduce U.S. dependency on other countries and create U.S. and Canadian jobs,” he said.

Key findings of the poll include:

  • Most Americans are not aware of how much Canadian oil is sent to the U.S. every day, and underestimate the imports by as much as 20 times.
  • Most Americans (56 percent) feel that more than half of U.S. imports of oil should come from Canada.
  • Eighty-five percent believe U.S. policies should support use of Canadian oil sands.
  • Most of those polls listed numerous reasons to import oil from Canada, including buying from an ally – a stable democracy with a good human rights record – and the fact that there are important jobs and economic benefits for the United States.

The telephone survey of 1010 Americans was conducted between March 30 and April 3, 2011 and has a margin of error of +/-3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20. The full Harris poll and background on Canadian oil sands is available at www.api.org or www.capp.ca/oilsands.

API represents more than 470 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America’s energy, supports more than 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.5 percent of the U.S. economy, and, since 2000, has invested nearly $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

CAPP represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce Canadian natural gas and crude oil. Canada has the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world and is the globe’s third-largest producer of natural gas. CAPP member companies produce more than 90 percent of Canadian natural gas and crude oil, and are an important part of a nation-wide industry with revenues of about $100 billion-a-year.

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