Sunday, March 13, 2011

Oil Sands Are Sexy Now!

Well, time for the eco-nuts to go over to Libya and tell Gaddafi to stop bombing oil rigs, it's bad for the environment, don't you know. Suddenly the Alberta oil sands are looking good to the US. Maybe we should tell them to stuff it! We won't, but they should be made to realize that they are not our only customers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7 comments:

mystereeoso said...

"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."

The first sentence comes straight from steve'scontalkingpointsdujour.

The second sentence is fallacious. The election will be called by PMSH after the opposition votes non confidence on his bogus everything.

Will a vote of non confidence show they don't care about Canadians? Spin your wheels Huntsy. Spin, SPIN!

maryT said...

If the PM calls an election after losing a vote of no confidence, it will be the coalitions fault, not eh PMs.
Didn't Paul Martin ignore a vote of no confidence then have a secret meeting with Belinda in a hotel room, late at night, to get her to cross the floor for a cabinet post.
How can anyone say it is the PM who caused an election.
But, what if he waits a day or two, and presents the budget, then calls an election.

wilson said...

mystereeoso,
the Opps still have to put on a performance in Kangaroo Court this week,
and convince the Court of Public Opinion that the Harper Govt is in contempt.

I would suggest that this govt is not easily buried.
And perhaps they have some facts on their side that have not been made public, yet.

After 5 years, surely the Opposition has come to realize that the CPC play 'rope-a-dope' like masters.

wilson said...

The Opposition parties will have a VERY difficult time demonizing the Alberta Oil Sands, this election campaign.

Oh, and Big Bad Oil subsidies are getting cut this year.
Paul Martin govt gifted big bad oil with accelerated capital cost allowance,
Harper govt cuts to that gift start 2011.
haha

West Coast Teddi said...

What will the (small pea) premiers of Quebec and Ontario say now about that big bad "dirty" oil?

"Dang we need to get that steel pipeline contract or it will be wind mills for us"

"But Dolton, what about our KyotoHagen position? How can we go back on our word?"

"Oh Jean, shut up and build your hockey arena and heat it with dat dirty oil!! Iggy gonna pay and the Maple-laughs goin' to da Cup"

case_bier said...

"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."

The stone age will come soon enough with the rate SUNCOR and others want to suck the oil out of the TAR Sands of Athabasca. And then what, HONEY? Your myopic look at the future of energy seems to be blind to the fact that the oil WILL RUN OUT. So start petalling. Because your oily ethics don't bode well for our future up that stone cold creek.

Remember the stone age didn't end because of the lack of stones. Why should we wait to run out of OIL to end this UNETHICAL AGE of Tycoons and Tyrants that YOU and MR "lie if I can" LEVANT support.

liberal supporter said...

What a pile of baloney! Your dirty alternative will be useful if other, better sources are not available. But once the US opens up some of its reserves, they will prefer to use their own cleaner and easier to refine crude. After all, the US is the third largest producer in the world, after Russia and Saudi Arabia.

David Jacobson is the US ambassador to Canada. Has been for over a year now. Guess you weren't paying attention.

So you'd like the Keystone pipeline, eh? Why does it go all the way to the Gulf Coast? Probably because that is where the US refineries are. So we get be be like Iran, which exports lots of crude, but can't keep gasoline in its cars because it has to import it.

Yes, Albertiran will indeed be considered a friendly safe supplier, since we're dead in the water if they don't ship gasoline back up here. Under NAFTA, we have to supply crude/bitumen raw material forever once we start, but the refined products are not covered under this provision, so they can just turn the taps down a little if we get too uppity here.