Friday, June 30, 2006


Canada: Oil...Conquest?

One of America’s major drives is to control the world’s reserves of oil. It’s like Hitler’s drive toward Baku in World War Two: got to have that oil! With Texas oil-men running the country, this is understandable. We’re struggling to control Iraq. Venezuela is under seige, though no as full-blown as Iraq. Persia is being eyed as a country ripe for “regime change.” If Mexico swings left, then there’ll be lots and lots of US troops on the US-Mexico border!

Most people don’t know that Canada is actually our biggest foreign oil source—as well as of natural gas. We tried to dragoon them into fighting in Iraq but they wouldn’t go for it; enough pressure was put on, though, to get their troops in Afghanistan. What if Canada told the US to go whistle? We have to have oil, more oil, ever more more more oil.

The current hype about “alternative fuels” is just that: hype. It costs more energy to make these alternatives than they produce. Just another way to keep up the quest.

Look out, Canada, we have lots of major highways ending right at your border. We can get our military in there, fast!

C B C . C A N e w s - F u l l S t o r y :
Most Americans don't know Canada is their biggest oil supplier
Last Updated Tue, 27 Jun 2006 16:01:07 EDT

A new poll suggests the vast majority of Americans are unaware that Canada is the largest foreign supplier of crude oil to the U.S.

Canada is the biggest foreign supplier of oil and natural gas to the U.S. Canada is the biggest foreign supplier of oil and natural gas to the U.S.

The Canadian American Business Council (CABC) — which represents some of the biggest private sector companies in both countries — said its survey of 1,000 Americans found that only four per cent of respondents thought Canada was the country that provided them with more oil than anyone else.

The survey also found that 41 per cent of Americans asked would support replacing oil from unstable areas of the world with oil from Canada "even if doing so resulted in higher prices for U.S. consumers."

"The findings suggest a foundation of American public support for meaningful initiatives to expand Canadian energy supplies to the U.S.," said CABC chairman Randoph Dove in a statement.

"As more and more Americans recognize Canada as a secure source of energy resources, this support should only increase," he said.

The release of this poll came just as energy-rich Alberta launched a massive lobbying effort in Washington to get across its message that Canada — and especially Alberta — has a stable and secure supply of oil that it's eager to sell the U.S.

Exhibits about Alberta and its vast oil sands deposits occupy a prominent place in this year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington.

That's drawn criticism from an environmental lobby group, the National Resources Defence Council, which says the industry and government-sponsored exhibits at the festival make no mention of the "devastating environmental consequences" the council says oil sands mining creates.

The survey was conducted by Vitale & Associates, who interviewed 1,000 people from June 13 to 15. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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