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Canadian Oil Sands, American Benefits

oil sands development  canadian oil sands  trade 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 31, 2014

Here’s what we know about U.S. energy security, with much credit due to our partnership with Canada, America’s  No. 1 source of imported oil:

In 2013, U.S. crude oil imports were 541 million barrels lower than in 2010, a 16 percent decrease, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).Also in 2013, U.S. imports of crude oil from Canada were 222 million barrels higher than in 2010, an increase of nearly 31 percent.

Put the two together and what you see is a more energy-secure America: increased domestic energy – largely from shale development – more oil from our neighbor and ally and reduced imports overall.

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Keystone XL: Substance Over Symbolism

keystone xl pipeline  oil sands development  economic growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 31, 2014

All along, many of the folks who’ve wanted the Obama administration to nix the Keystone XL pipeline have acknowledged opposition to the project as symbolic, more or less conceding that when it came to arguing the actual merits of the pipeline – jobs, economic stimulus, greater U.S. energy security – they didn’t have much and sometimes only a disingenuous imagination.

For example, author/Keystone XL activist Naomi Klein:

“It is not just about Keystone XL. This is about climate change and Keystone XL is the symbol. Everyone knows that if we stop this pipeline the climate crisis isn’t solved.”

And NextGen’s Tom Steyer:

“There’s definitely a symbolic side to this.  It has become, you know, a symbol in some ways in the fight over how to think about this. And that happens sometimes. Sometimes, specific incidents take on a life of their own.”

And Steyer advisor Kate Gordon:

“The goal is as much about organizing young people around a thing. But you have to have a thing.”

Well, here’s the thing: Most Americans prefer jobs, growth and energy – in other words, substance – over symbolism. They want the full Keystone XL pipeline built, reflected in poll after poll after poll. Which is why the U.S. State Department’s new assessment is welcome progress in a process that passed the five-year mark last fall. It found that whether Keystone XL is approved or denied, oil sands extraction is unlikely to be affected – and hence the project would not lead to a surge in greenhouse gas emissions

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Blogger Conference Call - Oil Sands Development and the Keystone XL

canadian oil sands  distribution  domestic energy  energy policy  keystone xl  keystone xl pipeline  oil sands  oil sands development 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 20, 2011

On Thursday, June 16, API hosted bloggers for a conference call to discuss the economic benefits of oil sands development and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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