It has taken war in the Middle East to turn the tide of negative public opinion on the oil sands. After four years of beatings from the environmental movement that severely damaged Canada’s international reputation, the oil sands are re-emerging as a secure source of energy in a risky oil world.Move along little doggies, your time is done, we see you for what you are, and you are anti-commerce, anti-children and anti-intelligence.
New imagery helped a lot. The pileups of bodies in the evening news, victims of Middle East despots firing at their own people to protect their oil wealth, make the tar pits in northern Alberta look like responsible oil in comparison.
David Wilkins, former U.S. ambassador to Canada and now a lobbyist in Washington for the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments, says the mood in the U.S. capital has changed noticeably in the past few weeks.
“People are listening more,” he said in an interview. “People are more focused on the source of energy coming from Canada, the fact that it’s a stable, friendly country.”
I always liked David Wilkins, you could tell he really liked Canadians. What has his replacement been doing? Anyone heard from him? Anyone even know what his name is? Crickets.
The idea of buying oil from irresponsible governments who use oil money to oppress the population is contrary to U.S. values, she said.
In contrast, “Americans see the values of Canada being aligned and have high opinions of the social structure, the environmental track record. And though they see environmental difficulties, they don’t see them out of scale to other sources of oil and they also see that given the size of the resource, the capital and the people involved, that these challenges can be addressed through technology.”
I guess Ezra Levant was right, our oil is ethical oil. How are the eco-nuts going to counter his book "Ethical Oil" now? When you hear that England is going to have blackouts because they are going to rely on wind power, you have to understand that the eco-nuts want us back in caves, freezing to death. They hate the technology that has allowed us to progress beyond being hunter/gatherers. Funny how they are the ones flying around the world protesting man's achievements, while we drudges stay home working and providing for our families.
“It’s the right place, right time for Canadian energy now,” said Mr. Wilkins, in Calgary this week to announce a partnership with Global Public Affairs, a top national government relations firm, and the South Carolina law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, where he runs the public policy and international relations practice.
“Canada has got a lot to brag about, from its financial foundation, how it weathered the recession, to the vast sources of energy it has,” all re-enforcing the energy security message.
The change bodes well for pending legislation. Momentum is shifting in favour of approving the much delayed extension of TransCanada Corp.’s $13-billion Keystone Express pipeline system from the oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. One Washington insider said the line is likely to get the go ahead by December, after the U.S. administration feels critics have been given enough time to vent their views.
As the middle east erupts, Canada sails on a steady course, with PM Harper at it's helm. If an election is caused by the opposition, it will show that they could care less about Canadians. They want power, and if that means a coalition, they will step on voters wishes to make sure they get that power.