Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Ethical Oil means 'Buy Canadian' - Fraser Institute. Update with video and Saudi protest

Only Canada and Norway score tops in all 18 categories of rights and freedoms, shows new Fraser Institute survey of 38 oil exporting countries. In America's National Interest-Canadian Oil. (pdf download) Luckily for America, its imports from Canada have grown from 6.4% to 21.2% of the total in the last thirty years.
The Alaska pipeline is at risk of being shutdown: Shrinking Oil Supplies Put Alaskan Pipeline at Risk - WSJ.com  (Volume is one third, transit time is five times longer and oil cools as low as 40F instead of arriving at 100F.)
The Canadian oil for the new XP pipeline through Canada to the US may be bought by China instead. Will US rely on its enemies for oil? China steps up to ...
Millions from the US Tide Foundation ended up funding Green attacks.  U.S. foundations against the oil sands .

UPDATE:  In the news, The Saudis protest Canadian group's ad. Story at Globe and Mail.  The offending ad which mentions women in Saudia Arabia aren't even allowed to drive or go out without a male guardian, is next:

Below is a summary of recent Green attacks on ethical oil from Canada. (from page 1 of the Fraser Institute report).
•            In 2009, Greenpeace USA, in its “Stop the Tar Sands” campaign,
claimed that northern extraction of oil from Alberta’s oil sands has “cre-
ated a literal hell on earth” because land is visibly scarred by oil sands
development which takes place above ground (Greenpeace, 2009).
In America’s National Interest—Canadian Oil / 9
             •            In 2010, city councillors in Bellingham, Washington voted 7-to-0
to “promote energy alternatives to fossil fuels, and in particular,
Canadian tar sands sources, and encouraging [sic] the use of alterna-
tive transportation techniques” (Audette, 2010: A4).
             •            In 2010, Corporate Ethics International, an environmental lobby
group based in San Francisco, sponsored billboards in the United
States and United Kingdom urging potential tourists to Alberta to
“rethink” their travel plans. The group’s boycott was based upon their
opposition to the oil sands (Gerein, 2011: A6). 
             •            Over several years, Amnesty International, in its campaigns against
the oilsands has called for “no more development without human
rights.” It was a reference to the Lubicon Cree who live near the
oil sands and to the claim that  “[m]assive oil and gas development
has almost wiped out the traditional economy and way of life of the
Lubicon of northern Alberta … [w]hile billions of dollars of oil and
gas has been taken from their land” (Amnesty International, 2010).
             •            In an open letter in advance of planned protests for August 2011 near
the White House, American actor Danny Glover and Canadian envi-
ronmentalist David Suzuki and other prominent activists argued that
“[t]o call this project [Canada’s oil sands] a horror is serious under-
statement. The tar sands have wrecked huge parts of Alberta, disrupt-
ing ways of life in indigenous communities—First Nations communi-
ties in Canada.” (Klein, 2011).

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