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Canada's Oil Minister Unmuzzled
New York Times ^ | April 24, 2013 | By JOE NOCERA

Posted on 04/24/2013 8:46:52 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

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. . .Perhaps a quick refresher on the benefits of Keystone are in order. First, notwithstanding the development of alternative energy sources, the world is going to continue to need oil; Oliver, quoting the International Energy Agency, says that global energy demand is expected to grow by at least 35 percent over the next 20 years. The notion, pushed by environmentalists, that blocking the oil sands will spur green energy is delusion.

Second, energy independence is a long-sought national goal. We would no longer need OPEC, a cartel of countries with values, in many cases, antithetical to ours. Third, that oil is coming here anyway — by rail and boat, where spills are common, and via pipelines that are older, and hence less safe, than Keystone would be.

And one other thing: Oil mined from the sands is simply not as environmentally disastrous as opponents like to claim. Extraction technology has improved to the point where there is almost no difference, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, between sands oil and old-fashioned oil drilling. The government has insisted that the companies extracting the oil return the land to its original state when the mining is completed. Indeed, for all the hysteria over the environmental consequences of the oil sands, there is oil in California that is actually dirtier than the oil from the sands. . .

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: energy; greenenergy; keystonexl; oil; pipeline

1 posted on 04/24/2013 8:46:52 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Let’s build the pipelines and refineries, extract the oil, put people to work, grow the economy and to hell with the muslim robber oil barons.


2 posted on 04/24/2013 11:03:37 PM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Squawk 8888

Ping.


3 posted on 04/25/2013 2:25:00 AM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123, Bahbah, and Just Lori.)
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To: Alaska Wolf

That would make too much sense.


4 posted on 04/25/2013 2:44:56 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Ronin

Keystone pipeline finally approved????? Crickets..........


5 posted on 04/25/2013 3:40:58 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
The notion, pushed by environmentalists, that blocking the oil sands will spur green energy is delusion.

More than that; it's a LIE!

6 posted on 04/25/2013 4:03:35 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Alaska Wolf
Let’s build the pipelines and refineries

We have multiple pipeline bottlenecks. However, we have more refinery capacity that we can use ourselves. Building additional refineries means exporting more refined products or shutting down refineries that are running today.

7 posted on 04/25/2013 5:26:54 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Springman; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
Thanks Springman.

To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

8 posted on 04/25/2013 8:04:35 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Elsie

The American environmental movement is partly financed by OPEC.

http://freebeacon.com/environmentalist-movie-funded-by-oil-rich-royalty/


9 posted on 04/25/2013 10:12:10 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: thackney
Building additional refineries means exporting more refined products

Isn't it about time we start taking in money? The United States has been running consistent trade deficits since 1980 due to high imports of oil and consumer products. In recent years, the biggest trade deficits were recorded with China, Japan, Germany, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

10 posted on 04/25/2013 11:03:51 AM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Alaska Wolf

The fuel exports help. But we still import more crude oil than we produce ourselves.

Today we import a more crude oil than we need, refine it to higher value fuel products and export the surplus. It helps narrow the trade deficits but is a long, long way from overcoming them.

We import import near 8 million barrels a day of crude oil. We export about 3 million barrels a day of petroleum products. Some of that export is low grade refinery leftovers like residual oil. Some of it is Natural Gas liquids.

U.S. Crude Oil Imports by Country of Origin
http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_epc0_im0_mbblpd_m.htm

Petroleum Products Exports by Destination
http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_expc_a_EPP0_EEX_mbblpd_m.htm

Petroleum Products Exports (broken down by product)
http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_exp_dc_NUS-Z00_mbblpd_m.htm


11 posted on 04/25/2013 11:38:04 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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