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Why America wants Canadian oil – Part Two

Posted January 24, 2015

A spokesman for Valero Energy Corp., the giant oil refinery operation located on the U.S. Gulf Coast, said there is a specific demand for heavy sour crude because for those able to refine it, “it is significantly cheaper than the benchmark grades of crude oil.”

Most of the heavy sour crude currently being processed at Valero is coming from Mexico, South America (Venezuela) and Russia, with increasing amounts coming from Canada.

“We would rather it came from Canada because it’s closer,” Said Bill Day, director of communications for Valero. “It’s less expensive to transport it, it’s more reliable, a better trading partner, and so forth.”

The U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows the importation of Canadian oil will rise from 3.2 million barrels per day in 2014 to 3.4 million in 2015. The Energy department report projects the demand for Canadian crude will flatten out to as low as 3.28 million barrels per day by 2020 then rise gradually to 4 million barrels per day by 2040.

This projection of increasing Canadian crude shipments is estimated without the benefit of the Keystone XL pipeline that has awaited U.S. government approval for more than three years. In fact, construction of new pipelines in the U.S. is already receiving increasing amounts of crude from Canada.

Does the President of the United States not read these reports supplied by his own officials?

The U.S. “Annual Energy Report 2014” states, “the future increasing demand for diesel fuel increases the value of heavier crude in U.S. Refineries.”

Heavy oil accounts for some 43 per cent of Canadian production and 65 per cent of exports, according to the Association of the Canadian Petroleum Producers. This group says the big growth in energy demand will come from the Southeast Asian nations.

“Our industry needs to have access to where our customers are,” says Tim McMillan, president of the Petroleum producer’s organization.

So where does this leave the government of Canada?

The Finance Minister, and former Energy Minister, Joe Oliver, recently told a Calgary audience that Canadian oil exports to the U.S. will decline over the next few years. He went on to say that it was another reason for Canada to develop the infrastructure – read that pipelines – to move its oil to new foreign markets. Even Prime Minister Harper opined that Canada selling its oil to other markets besides the U.S. would be “the last thing Americans would want to see.”

At the same time, the government endorses the Keystone XL pipeline into the U.S. and supports the Northern Gateway and East Energy pipelines taking oil to each side of the country for export.

It’s called sucking and blowing at the same time.

The Canadian government handling of the whole Keystone issue has been a public relations disaster, with a toxic mix of threats, lying by omission and ignorance of the facts.

How can the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Greg Rickford, gush to an American audience in Texas: “Our government welcomes today’s latest milestone, contributing to already historic volumes of Canadian energy being supplied to the United States.”

An accompanying news release stated the new U.S. pipelines will help boost Canadian Oil reaching the Gulf Coast to 600,000 barrels a day from the current 200,000 barrels a day.

It’s hard to understand why the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources fails to read the official data supplied by the U.S Energy Information Administration, projecting Canadian oil imports at 3.4 million barrels this year.

Does Rickford not talk to Oliver or Harper?

Let’s get these choirboys singing from the same page.

Those loyal Tories in Calgary must be cringing with this wind-blown rhetoric that the late Lil Abner would say: “ It’s confusin’ but amusin’, “





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AMERICAS VIEW -How the greenies corrupt the message

Posted April 9, 2013

The talented and provocative MSNBC host Alex Wagner, of the noon hour talk event, made the fatal mistake of giving her platform to the environmental lobby who denigrate the Canadian Oil Sands development and proposed XL pipe line.

Alex, let’s make a deal. Canadians will stop yapping about American gun controls and the illegal smuggling of guns into our country, if the U.S talking heads will stop yapping about how awful the Oil Sands’ development is ruining the atmosphere.

It’s a crock.

As a journalist, you have a responsibility to report and comment in a balanced fashion. When you bring in the head of the Sierra Club to address his group’s protest, you should also have invited the premiers of Alberta and or Saskatchewan. Both these provinces are the second largest suppliers of crude to America … after Saudi Arabia.

Yeah, I know, time constraints and availability of guests is a bind in live television. It is also easier to lard up the guest list with people sharing the same point of view. Also those folks receive an appearance fee. This epitomizes MSNBC’s slogan of “Leaning Forward”?

Here are some facts for your producer to consider:

There is already several pipelines transporting Alberta crude to the Gulf refineries.

More than 500,000 barrels of crude a day, some from the Oil Sands, are exported to the U.S.

A like amount of natural gas is also shipped south.

U.S. oil giant Conoco Phillips uses imported Oil Sands crude in its Texas refinery.

The U.S. is still reliant on Middle East and South American crude to supply 40 per cent of its needs.

The OPEC crude comes at a much higher price that Canadian crude.

Most of that imported oil comes from countries that are not friendly to the U.S.

The sustainability of Gulf of Mexico oilrigs to supply feedstock to Texas area refineries is rapidly declining.

Due to the sheer size of our countries, Canada and the U.S. are dependent on vehicles with internal combustion engines, well into the foreseeable future, to drive our economies. Pardon the pun.

There is a gradual increase in vehicle and power plant fuel efficiency.

No amount of renewable sources of power will supplant petroleum-based fuels.

Why does the environmental movement keep referring to “Climate Change” instead of “Global Warming”? Because science has determined the plant has cooled by .7 degrees in the past decade.

The real protest in the state of Nebraska is not about the TransCanada XL pipeline but its attempt to shut down the Oil Sands and its crude production.

The charge that the Oil Sands is the major North American producer of carbon dioxide, is an environmental myth. Besides, basic science states that Co2 is necessary for plant and animal life to create oxygen.

One volcanic eruption, such as the recent Icelandic explosion blanketing Europe for five days, wiped out any human attempt to curtail Co2 emissions by five years.

There are 200 active volcanoes in the world. At any given moment they can increase the amount of Co2 in such massive quantities that it destroys man’s attempts to protect the ozone layer by forcing people to adopt lifestyle measures that will protect the planet.

Unfortunately, we cannot control nature. To those who label the Oil Sands product as the dirtiest in the world, should look out the window in Iceland or the Philippines to witness the world drenched with real toxic materials. The volcano Pinatubo, in the Philippines, spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in one year than the entire human race emitted in all its years on earth.

This argument has nothing to do with the XL Pipeline, it’s all about a coalition of environmentalists trying to shut down the Canadian Oil Sands using misrepresentation of the facts as well as scare tactics.


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Principal’s opening message to students

This is a contribution forwarded to Guelphspeaks by Barbara McHattie that reflects the feelings of most Canadians. If only every school principal would adopt these rules. Then perhaps the education system in the country would bring all students to understand what it means to be a Canadian and an educated one at that.

This speech was written by Dennis Prager, a California radio talk show host who is not a high school principal, but posed as one. However its sentiments are shared by parents across North America. With that caveat, enjoy!

To: The students and faculty of our high school.

I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school.

I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in Canada have worked against you, against your teachers, against your parents, and against our country. Therefore: First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow, or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian, or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is Canadian. This is a Canadian public school, and Canadian public schools were created to make better Canadians.

If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial, or religious identity through your school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity-, race- and non-Canadian-nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of Canada.

And this school will be guided by Canada ‘s values. That includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation, or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness. Your clubs will be based on interests and passions — not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So, we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, math, carpentry, and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic or racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

Second, I am not interested in whether or not English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united Canada’s citizens for more than 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English-language skills, I will have been remiss in my duty to ensure that you are prepared to compete successfully in the Canadian job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Canadians only speak English. But if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for a meal at a nice restaurant than they do for church or school. Those people have their priorities backwards. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the “F-word,” you can’t speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission plus epithets such as the “N-word,” even when used by one black student to address another, or “bitch,” even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few of your age to distinguish instinctively between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it by earning it. One immediate consequence of this is that there will be only one class valedictorian, not eight.

Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom-wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual, or not Christian. We will have failed, if any one of you graduates from this school and does not consider himself or herself inordinately lucky — to be alive and to be a Canadian.

Now, please stand and join me in singing, OH CANADA to the only flag in Canada. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.


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