I am sure the majority of the American readers of my blog are pro-Keystone XL. But something has to be said for these environmentalists who Obama is catering to.
They are now vehemently protesting getting oil from Canada, but I’ve never seen them waving signs saying “Saudi Arabia— we don’t want your dirty oil!”
Why? What is so much worse about Canadian oil that it is just not good enough to power their Prius’ or provide energy to their favorite cafe’s espresso machines?
American Environmentalists will always go on the defensive about why they never question the use of oil from OPEC countries, deferring to the fact that they believe that oil should be phased out altogether, and their protests are just an attempt to discourage any further development of oil projects. But the fact remains that for the current time, and for the whole foreseeable future, North America will need oil. The difference is that we have the power, here and now, to decide where that oil is going to come from.
What’s ironic is that OPEC countries are places that contradict entirely with liberal ideology. They are countries where homosexuals are imprisoned or worse, where women are beaten and raped with no consequence, where children are bought and sold like chattel, and where no environmental regulations exist whatsoever. Any and all oil purchased from these countries only go towards making them stronger and less prone to international scrutiny for the state of their environmental and human rights violations.
For all of their rhetoric, environmentalists can’t deny that Canada is infinitely more ethical a country then Saudi Arabia or Egypt. Canada’s human rights are some of the most extensive in the world, and an unprecedented amount of environmental protections have been legislated for natural resource development companies to comply with before going ahead with any projects. Regular audits and advisory committee meetings ensure that the safest road is the one being travelled.
Canada has the opportunity to share more of this ethical oil with the United States, and it wants to do just that. It would mean immense progress for the Canadian economy, and it would create jobs on both sides of the border. It would also ensure that our democratic nations are able to cooperate in the development of energy resources that would make both of us independent from the need to use OPEC oil.
*I post this today because TransCanada announced earlier this afternoon that the Canadian leg of Keystone XL was now 100% complete, and ready to begin shipping crude oil through the pipeline. All that is needed for that to happen is approval from the US Government.*