Skip to comments.Conflict Oil or Canadian Oil? A second dispatch from Alberta's oil sands.
Posted on 08/17/2011 1:51:06 PM PDT by neverdem
Fort McMurray, AlbertaThis is the second dispatch from my oil sands tour. The first dispatch yesterday focused on the oil sands mining. After our Suncor oil sands mine tour, our band of flacks and hacks were bussed back to our motel for cocktails and dinner with various Canadian oil sheiks, including Albertas Minister of Energy Ronald Liepert, TransCanada Pipeline vice president Robert Jones, and ConocoPhillips Canada senior vice president Nick Olds, among others. In the fashion of such tours, we sat around a conference table listening to the concerns of our hosts, which in this case, mostly involved activist opposition to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States. When completed the pipeline could transport 1.3 million barrels of oil per day to refineries in the Midwest and on the Gulf Coast.
However, environmentalist groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) not only oppose the oil sands production because of the greenhouse gas emissions, but also assert the oil industry is transforming one of the world's last remaining intact ecosystems into America's gas tank. Another concern is that the Keystone XL supposedly threatens to contaminate freshwater supplies in America's agricultural heartland.
Dinner with Canadian Oil Sheiks
But before getting to the pipeline controversy, Liepert and others discussed the issue of oil sands greenhouse gas emissions compared to those of conventionally produced oil. Liepert cited a 2010 well-to-wheels study [PDF] by the consultancy IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates that calculated that with regard to greenhouse gas emissions, the average oil sands import is about 6 percent higher than that of the average crude oil consumed in the United States. A 2010 report from the Royal Society of Canada notes that other studies have found that producing oil from oil sands results in greenhouse gas emissions that average...
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Envirospeak: "last intact ecosystem"
If you ever want to see how full of shjt these neo-Marxist ecoturds are, just visit the Green River shales, which are spread all over Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. You won't have to stay more than 15 minutes to get the whole picture (but it does take several hours to get there, depending on where you start). Same thing for the Athabaska tar sands.
Almost no birds will voluntarily nest there, and critters don't even like walking through these areas, because they have to spend quite a bit of time cleaning themselves...and the water to do so is very scarce in both locales.
I once went to a panel at a sci-fi convention where they had someone from NASA talking about lunar mining and some dumb broad, and I say that in the nicest way possible was all up in arms about how “wrong” it would be to “damage” the precious surface of the moon by mibning. She was dead set against the idea of mining the lunar surface for materials because of “environmental concerns”.
These are the sort of people that we have to deal with, complete and utter morons who couldn’t find their way out of a wet paper bag during a rainstorm.
The oil companies lose a little bit on each barrel of tar sands oil but make up for it with volume.