Rachel Notley and Thomas Mulcair insist that Energy East is the only viable pipeline for Canada, but they don’t address the fact that Canada sells 95% of its oil to the US at a highly discounted rate.
The fact is, Canada needs pipelines to get both fair price and a diverse clientele -- and Energy East, Keystone XL and Northern Gateway are the projects that will accomplish those goals.
Despite this, pipelines continue to get delayed by a loud and misinformed minority, many of whom are funded by U.S. lobby groups.
Mike Hudema with Greenpeace recently stated that the only people who want Keystone XL are the Donald Trumps of America. Even Rachel Notley snubbed Lindsey Graham, Senator from South Carolina, when he visited the oil sands.
But a recent American Petroleum Institute poll finds that 68% of those responding support the development of the pipeline, while 67% think delays have hurt the American economy.
Now that Hillary Clinton has come out against Keystone XL, Rachel Notley and Thomas Mulcair appear to be on the same side of the fence. Obama insists that Keystone will only help Canada, while Mulcair insists it’s only good for the US. They’re both wrong – the pipeline is a win-win for everyone.
Keystone XL, combined with the Gulf Coast project, will create 42,000 jobs. It will deliver 830,000 barrels of bitumen to the US Gulf Coast, where many world class refineries are built to process Canadian heavy oil. This will reduce the price discount against US benchmark oil, which increases the price of Canadian crude without affecting consumer costs.
Rachel Notley and her ministers criticize Alberta’s oil and gas industry, but won’t admit that pipelines reduce the risks of unsafe transport by train and tanker.
And forget about NDP talking points on climate change: The project has twice passed rigorous US State Department regulation and environmental reviews.
By opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, the NDP and the Democrats are making a case for oil imports from places like Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Nigeria.
Some of these regions are associated with unethical practices, and don’t share our Canadian values. Some regimes are unfriendly, unstable or both.
Consider the fact that imports from Mexico to the U.S. have declined by approximately 50 percent since 2012, while Venezuelan resources are becoming more uncertain.
Leela Aheer, shadow Minister for Energy, and Wildrose MLA for Chestermere-Rockyview, maintains that there is nothing more important than finding ways to get Alberta's product to tidewater, and that the level of disappointment regarding the premier's stance on the pipeline is overwhelming. Aheer says that we need to find ways to stand up for Alberta and stand up for pipelines.
Will the NDP ever get it right when it comes to Canada’s ethical oil industry? Or will they keep arguing for unsafe transport and unethical energy sources?
Once again, their unrealistic and flighty views prove they’re not in it to win it for Canada.