U.S. is forcing Canada to trade with China by pushing ally into China's arms

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 11, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    Obama is not truthful. In a speech-August 4, 2008, in Lansing, Michigan, he stated that he would work with the Canadian government on a pipeline, and start drilling on sixty eight million acres that currently exist in our country, and also seventy million acres in the Gulf of Mexico. He blamed the oil companies for not drilling, and preventing the formation of new jobs. He will changed this.

  • jmogs chicago, IL
    June 10, 2012 7:38 p.m.

    This is utterly wrong. Google "Northern Gateway pipeline." The Canadians have been desperate to move tar sands oil out of their country for a decade, but the obvious pipeline path from Alberta to the British Columbia coast has been mired in controversy and is once again stalled. So, what do you do when you are tripling production but your main customer is buying less and less (American oil consumption is on the way down and will tumble when the new fuel economy standards kick in)? You diversify. Asking hard questions about Keystone XL doesn't force Canada to trade with China---they are planning to do it whether we allow the pipeline or not.

    If you don't want Canadian oil going to China, don't build Keystone XL, which is designed to be an export pipeline. The oil set for Keystone XL is not going to hit American gas tanks, it will increase the trend that already has this country as a net exporter of finished petroleum products.

    Not mentioned in the article is the fact that tar sands oil from Canada is the dirtiest from a greenhouse gas perspective on the planet, hence the concern by many.