Friday, May 6, 2011

If You Don't Want Our Oil ...

... from the Alberta tarsands, we'll just have to build a pipeline to the Pacific and sell it to someone who does!  As quoted in the Calgary Herald:  "U.S. President Barack Obama should stop sending mixed messages on oilsands and “sign the bloody order” approving the Keystone XL pipeline, Alberta Energy Minister Ron Liepert said Thursday.  "Frankly, I wish he’d get on with action,” Mr. Liepert said when asked to respond to remarks by Mr. Obama in Washington on Wednesday.  "I saw where he said they need to study the science. I don’t know what they’re studying. We could give him all the briefing he needs and it would take him 15 minutes to read about it, so I just wish he’d sign the bloody order and get on with it.”  [Obama's] remarks came on the heels of an editorial in the New York Times that urged the U.S. government to block TransCanada Corp.’s $7-billion project, designed to transport more than half a million barrels a day of primarily oilsands crude to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast.  Approval has been delayed since last July, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked the State Department to conduct a supplemental environmental impact study to address concerns about pipeline safety and the impact on climate change of oilsands production.  The State Department, which has the authority to issue or deny a presidential permit for construction of the pipeline because it crosses an international boundary, last month ordered the new study and has announced a period of public comment this spring.  Mr. Liepert said approval of the pipeline is critical for Alberta’s growing oilsands industry."  And just as critical for a dependable supply of oil to the U.S. in the uncertain times ahead.  Mr. Obama, you made a courageous decision last weekend and it paid off - voters respect a man who can make a controversial decision under pressure for the good of his country and stick to it.  On this one, all you really need to know is in a book called Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands so I suggest you read it this weekend.  And then call Ron Liepert before he phones China.