I sometimes grow weary of harping on the same subject ad nauseam, but damnit, somebodies go to do it!
I'm referring to an article by Gary Lamphier about Canada's energy policy ......, and what the hell we're going to do about it! (I would suggest you read the whole thing folks because THIS IS IMPORTANT! It's part of our continuing series on: Why we might have to become Amish!)
Guest Post by Gary Lamphierhttp://www.lfpress.com/2016/05/31/while-canada-dithers-world-shops-elsewhere
Eventually, Justin Trudeau's Liberal government will have to stop talking out of both sides of its mouth and make some tough decisions on whether to support new oil pipelines or liquefied natural gas projects.
In the meantime, with Canadian energy policy adrift, anti-capitalist, anti-fossil fuel crusaders such as Naomi Klein are only too happy to fill the vacuum. Klein was at it again Sunday, linking the Fort McMurray wildfires and climate change while addressing a University of Calgary conference. "If we are serious about keeping warming below 1.5 C (the target set at the December climate confab in Paris), it does kind of mean the end of the fossil fuel era," she said.
Well, here's the thing. You know, kind of.
While Klein gets the celebrity treatment on college campuses and her radical views get heavy promo on the state-funded CBC , the rest of the planet seems to care not a whit.
Most energy exporting nations are building new pipelines and LNG projects at a furious pace. While Canada's energy resources remain largely landlocked, the U.S. and other exporters -- from Saudi Arabia to Iran, Qatar, Kuwait and Russia -- are only too happy to fill the void.
The U.S., for decades the world's biggest consumer of oil and natural gas, is now ramping up exports of both. The U.S. government ended its 40-year ban on crude oil exports in December and in February the Sabine Pass export terminal in Louisiana became the first in the continental U.S. to start exporting LNG.
One of the key export markets for U.S. crude oil is Canada, where imports of U.S. crude soared nine-fold between 2008 and 2015.
While two major Canadian oil pipeline projects to the West Coast -- Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway to Kitimat, B.C., and Kinder Morgan's planned TransMountain expansion to Burnaby, B.C. -- have been conditionally approved by Canada's federal energy regulator, they remain stillborn. Their ultimate fate rests with Trudeau and his foot-dragging cabinet.
Meanwhile, in 2014, the U.S. added more than 8,000 kilometres of oil pipelines, a 9.1 per cent jump over the previous year, according to the U.S.-based Association of Oil Pipelines. And during the 2010-14 period, the U.S. added more than 19,000 km to its oil pipeline network.
Put differently, that's roughly 12 times the length of Keystone XL pipeline the Obama government rejected after years of delay.
With TransCanada's proposed Energy East oil pipeline still a gleam in the eye of its proponent, Eastern Canada's refineries will remain a key target of U.S. producers and other foreign suppliers -- including Saudi Arabia -- for the foreseeable future.
Klein's influence on Saudi oil policy seems rather limited. Perhaps that's why she hasn't been lecturing in Riyadh of late. Or Moscow, Tehran, or other foreign oil capitals.
On the LNG side, Sabine Pass is merely the first of several U.S. export terminals that will come into service over the next few years.
On the other side of the Pacific, Russia increased exports of crude oil to China, now the world's biggest oil importer, by more than two-thirds between 2013 and 2015.