If they have, we shouldn’t be surprised. Canada has become more and more upset over the dithering by Team Obama, and has threatened many times that they will give up on the U.S. and send the tar sands oil elsewhere, particularly to China (via Anthony Watts)
(Breitbart) Claiming it could no longer abide the Obama administration’s five-year refusal to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline designed to bring 830,000 barrels a day of much-needed Alberta shale oil to U.S. refineries, the Canadian government recently approved plans for a huge new pipeline and port project to ship that oil to Asia instead.
When completed, the $7.9 billion Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, approved by Canada’s federal government on June 17, will consist of an environmentally safe, 730-mile oil pipeline. It will be capable of moving 600,000 barrels a day of Alberta oil to the pacific coast town of Kitimat, British Columbia, where a new state-of-the-art super tanker port facility will be built to ship the oil to thirsty Asian ports.
Instead of getting the oil from super friendly Canada, the U.S. can continue to rely on nations like Venezuala, Saudi Arabia, and others which aren’t exactly the best neighbors. All the jobs will be gone, and much of the tar sands oil that the U.S. does get will come by fossil fueled trucks. They can also use trains. But the pipeline would have been the safest.
At the end of the day, Keystone XL was all about politics, rather than any true concerns. It became a rallying point for unhinged Warmists, who took lots of fossil fueled plane and automobile trips to protest the fossil fuels that would flow through the pipeline. How is it political? Do you hear Warmists complaining about other pipelines? Do you see them protesting? That’s right, the answer is “no”. Joe Romm’s sugar daddy George Soros funded Climate Progress has noted many times that there are other big pipeline projects being built, yet Warmists do not seem to care.
And now Canada is flipping Obama the bird, and the oil will go elsewhere. Thanks, PBO! Heck of a job you’re doing.