April 30, 2018

Canada’s spike in foreign oil imports mostly driven by BC’s anti-oil “hippies”

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show


A new analysis in the Calgary Herald shows just how addicted British Columbia is to oil, but especially the foreign sort.

The article shows us all just how devastating a lack of pipeline infrastructure is to the entire Canadian economy. But it also shows just how reliant the Lower Mainland of BC is on oil imports and how quickly they’ve been hurt by a pipeline deficit.

According to the article, Canada exported $8.8B in energy products. While at the same time, Canada also imported a third of that back, $3.38B in energy from international sources - a 12% increase since last year.

This is thanks in no small part, to Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley and their over-regulation, litigious infrastructure hold-ups, and hippies who don't need oil because they take the bus.

As an accumulation, imports of energy products into Canada have grown by over 15%, with the highest share of those imports originating in the United States.

Those spiking oil imports to Canada are driven, ironically, by the consumption demand by the anti-oil folks in BC’s Lower Mainland.

“The importation of crude oil and bitumen advanced 15.4%, with imported refined petroleum products up by 24.1%, the latter due largely to increased imports of gasoline into British Columbia”.

This week in Vancouver, gas prices hit their third all time high. According to former Liberal MP and contributor to GasBuddy.com, Dan MacTeague, prices got so high, Canadians lined up at the US border to save as much as $50 per tank by purchasing American gas.

McTeague explains that the prices are the result of a temporary refinery closure and the shutdown of the Olympic pipeline in Washington state as well as a general increase in the price of crude oil.

It's almost like the Lower Mainland of British Columbia would benefit from a project that would drastically increase the supply to meet their demands for gasoline.

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commented 2018-05-01 23:28:58 -0400
Actually, it is cheaper. That’s why they do it. By the time you pay for shipping bitumen, and accounting for the fact it’s inherently a less valuable product due to its composition, it more than makes up for the price differential.

How much effiiency do they lose?
commented 2018-05-01 17:10:22 -0400
Andrew they lose efficiency by a lot.
commented 2018-05-01 17:10:07 -0400
Andrew it is not cheaper. And importing has more risk , the green kooks are raising the risk of environmental damage. It goes against what they are protesting about. Imported oil still has to travel by pipe.
commented 2018-05-01 14:09:23 -0400
Andrew, provide the proof of your claim that you hold a PhD instead of deflecting yet again. This can not be interpreted in any other way, even by you. Provide the proof. As for my being offended, those who are offended are the ones that actually earned a PhD, as they should be. You are truly a pathetic liar.
commented 2018-05-01 12:57:51 -0400
I can’t say I disagree, you’re entitled to your opinions or even to be offended on behalf of someone else, whether accurate or not.
commented 2018-05-01 12:00:26 -0400
Andrew Gordo Steele Stephenson, I have asked you to provide proof of your doctorate thesis, proof you hold a PhD, and I have called you an outright liar who insults those who earned their PhDs, so liar, since you don’t address my comments, I take it you don’t disagree?
commented 2018-05-01 11:24:19 -0400
Drew Wakariuk commented 9 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson and after the car ages the rate changes. And it is only feasible in cities. So spare us your BS. If the need is down why are we importing more? And why do we get it from the middle east when we have it here? Are their tankers made of some material we are not aware of that make them impossible to spill? "

The rate won’t change as the car ages. There is some loss of battery capacity, but even there, they’re lasting a lot longer than originally thought, and replacement costs are declining rapidly as manufacturing improves. Being limited to cities isn’t that big a problem considering how many vehicles are essentially commute-only or daytrip up the valley. You can’t haul a boat with a Bolt either, but if you don’t own a boat, that’s not really a limitation. My point is not that uptake has happened yet – it hasn’t – but that as they approach cost-effectiveness, it will.

Why do we import it? Because it’s cheaper, and free markets tend to value cost over all else. Money doesn’t have morality or socialistic nationalism, although the stuff in BC is mostly North American origin (American, or Canadian oil shipped through the US).

Flat, since you don’t address my comments, I take it you don’t disagree?
commented 2018-05-01 10:53:41 -0400
Horgan is an idiot with visions of grandeur, There seems to be a lot of that going on on the left.
commented 2018-05-01 10:46:28 -0400
Nabi, Van looks like it has money in part because of all the questionable Chinese money being allowed in. Not to ‘tar’ all Chinese people. I’m sure they are familiar with the corruption in China, after all that’s probably why the ones we want, came here in the first place, to get away from it.

There are no TAR sands? Get your terminology right.
commented 2018-05-01 10:45:04 -0400
BC is allowing a bunch of dried up old hippies turned hypocritical capitalists, a bunch of ignorant millennial and brainwashed spoiled first Nation’s Chief’s to close the gate now that they are in. It isn’t Justin’s personal playground. This is a global agenda to keep our ‘oil in the ground’, and you are dumb enough to believe its because there ‘might’ be a minuscule chance of a minor temp problem that would be far less catastrophic than what is happening to the economy. It will be felt right across the country. Sure the east will still get their ration from the Saudis, and the U.S will take up any shortfall, but the coffers will run dry. Forget about free stuff in Canada. When there is no money for transfer payments Justin is going to have to print a hell of a lot of it. Heck, he might even have to put up some illegals and pay for their dental out of his own pocket.
commented 2018-05-01 10:38:36 -0400
Vancouver is a geographically beautiful place, however it is by no means the ‘most exotic’? There are many on the planet.
I don’t know if you have ever been to the east coast Nabi, or Baffin Island or stood in a prairie field when the canola or sunflowers are in bloom and a storm is coming at you, you can watch approach for 50 miles, or the Alberta foothills looking towards the Rockies, but this entire country has ‘exotic’ spots of beauty. I am getting more than a little impatient with people from ‘lotus land’ declaring they have the only special place in the country. Pull your head out and have a look around.
commented 2018-05-01 10:19:56 -0400
As if you are a conservative. Not.
commented 2018-05-01 10:19:19 -0400
NABI RASCH are you saying you are a conservative?
" Being ‘conservative’ does not mean people like me want to …"
commented 2018-05-01 09:30:58 -0400
Still no charges paid against Elizabeth May and Kennedy Stewart for violating the Course Injunction.
Just like the United States, two justice systems ,one for socialists and one for conservatives.
I think THEREBEL has let us down by not pushing the issue .
commented 2018-05-01 08:06:24 -0400
Supertanker good one SHEILA.
Iam from that area originally, they have to be banged over the head for alittle while longer
commented 2018-05-01 05:03:27 -0400
Andrew… You have been questioned about your PhD you’ve lied about it so your opinion especially when quoting numbers is invalid . Now pull your skirt down girl… Your junk is showing and nobody wants to see that. You might want to have that autism looked at while you’re at it .
commented 2018-05-01 05:01:10 -0400
I have stood in the tailings pond at suncor and albian…
commented 2018-05-01 02:32:02 -0400
British Columbia exports more DIRTY coal than ANY province or state in North America. Without British Columbia’s DIRTY coal exports, the economy of the province would collapse overnight.

“Coal production is a mainstay of the province’s economy, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue and supporting thousands of well-paid jobs. Coal production currently represents over half of the total mineral production revenues in the province. Coal is B.C.’s largest single export commodity.”
-Canadian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum, 2017

The hypocrisy and completely uneducated idiocy of the Left knows no bounds.
commented 2018-05-01 02:12:54 -0400
Nabi Rasch i will go stand in a tailings pond in the OILSANDS if you go stand in one at the rare earth mines. See which is worse. And raw sewage does far more damage than an oil spill.
commented 2018-05-01 02:11:54 -0400
Nabi Rasch there are more risky ventures going on right now. BC and their pine beetle lunacy was a HUGE DISASTER! How many tons of carbon were produced burning infected trees?
commented 2018-05-01 02:10:43 -0400
Nabi Rasch what complete BS. I agree on Toronto , but BC is hardly a lot less smutty or overrun than Toronto. People there are just as self important.
commented 2018-05-01 02:09:16 -0400
Andrew Stephenson and after the car ages the rate changes. And it is only feasible in cities. So spare us your BS. If the need is down why are we importing more? And why do we get it from the middle east when we have it here? Are their tankers made of some material we are not aware of that make them impossible to spill?
commented 2018-05-01 00:02:03 -0400
Nabi Rasch, You say," The Tar Sands were a big mistake from a lot of angles "

The big mistake that you are talking about gave Hundreds of Billions of Dollars to the HAVE NOT Provinces where you probably gained; was giving you that money a mistake too?
commented 2018-04-30 21:30:53 -0400
Not hippies. It’s a relatively prosperous province, one of the most exotic spots—probably the most—on the planet. Not a smutty overrun hole like Toronto’s become. Being ‘conservative’ does not mean people like me want to take a chance on it being messed up. Once things readjust the price will come down somewhat—meanwhile we’ll pay the extra. The Tar Sands were a big mistake from a lot of angles including migration—not the simplistic model tiresomely projected over and over here. Too bad it’s too late to sidestep it.
commented 2018-04-30 21:08:04 -0400
A Bolt uses about 15 kwh/100km. Upper tier rates in BC are about 14c/kwh. That’s just over 2 dollars for “fuel”. A comparable pure-ICE costs about 12 bucks to drive the same distance (8l/100 × 1.60).

At $0.10/km cost savings and a 14k premium over a Cruze, you can make full ROI at 24,000km a year in only six years.

That’s pretty close to full cost competitiveness with ICE, an enormous breakthrough from both societal and technological standpoints. The solution isn’t more oil.