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Canada’s Trump Strategy: Go Around Him

The New York Times

June 23, 2017

As President Trump disrupts alliances across the map, nearly every level of government in Canada has taken on new duties in a quietly audacious campaign to cajole, contain and if necessary coerce the Americans.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy for managing Mr. Trump is unlike anything tried by another ally. And he has largely succeeded where even experienced leaders like Angela Merkel of Germany have fallen short.

More than perhaps any other country, Canada relies on the United States, which accounts for 70 percent of its trade. Its sizable manufacturing industry is tightly integrated with American production, meaning even a slight hardening of the border or prolonged trade negotiations could put its economy at risk.

Laid in the first days after Mr. Trump’s election win, the plan even enlists Brian Mulroney, a former Conservative prime minister and political nemesis of Mr. Trudeau’s father, who had also been prime minister. Mr. Mulroney knows Mr. Trump and his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, from social circuits in southern Florida, where all three keep vacation homes.

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Ports-to-Plains Alliance Statement on Denial of Keystone XL Permit

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance is disappointed in President Obama’s rejection of TransCanada’s permit application for the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The project would have provided a key link to safely and efficiently transport oil from a stable and friendly supplier in Alberta, as well as domestic oil from the Bakken, to refineries in Texas.  It would generate new tax revenue for rural entities throughout the region.  It would also create new jobs, not only directly in the construction of the pipeline, but through energy industry and support jobs created by improved market access.

We do agree with the President when he said that Keystone XL had taken on “an overinflated role” in the country’s political discourse.  Since TransCanada applied for the Presidential permit in 2008, almost 10,000 miles of oil pipelines have been constructed in the United States – the equivalent of eight Keystone XL pipelines.  Pipelines are undoubtedly safe and efficient.  It is unfortunate that political discourse is preventing Americans and our largest trade partner, Canada, from taking advantage of the great economic benefits of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


U.S. President Barack Obama has rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline

“TransCanada and its shippers remain absolutely committed to building this important energy infrastructure project. We will review our options to potentially file a new application for border-crossing authority to ship our customer’s crude oil, and will now analyze the stated rationale for the denial.” —Russ Girling, chief executive, TransCanada

Edmonton Journal

November 6, 2015

Obama said the Keystone pipeline would “not serve the national interests” of the U.S., adding that the project had an overly inflated role in the political discourse between both countries.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was disappointed but understood the decision, Obama said.

“While he expressed his disappointment, given Canada’s position on this issue, we both agreed that our close friendship on a whole range of issues — including energy and climate change — should provide the basis for an even closer co-ordination between our countries going forward,” Obama said at the White House after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Obama gave 3 main reasons for rejecting the pipeline:

  1. The pipeline would not make a “meaningful, long-term” contribution to the American economy. He said an infrastructure plan would create more jobs in the short-term and benefit the economy more in the long term than Keystone XL.
  2. The pipeline would not lower gas prices for American consumers, which are down a dollar per gallon over 2 years ago.
  3. Shipping “dirtier crude oil” into the United States wouldn’t increase American’s energy security.

Killing the pipeline allows Obama to claim aggressive action on the environment, potentially strengthening his hand as world leaders prepare to finalize major global climate pact within weeks that Obama hopes will be a crowning jewel for his legacy. Yet it also puts the president in a direct confrontation with Republicans and energy advocates that will almost surely spill over into the 2016 presidential election.   Read on…


Ewart: New prime minister, same old Keystone XL debate

Edmonton Journal

October 21, 2015

The more politicians make the point that relations between Canada and the United States go well beyond Keystone XL it reinforces just how much of a lightning rod the contentious oil pipeline project is on both sides of the border.

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister-designate after Monday’s federal election, has pledged to repair what he’s described as the frayed relationship between the world’s largest trading partners that emerged between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama amid energy and environmental issues.

Harper, an unabashed cheerleader for the 830,000-barrel-a-day pipeline, famously said White House approval of Keystone XL was a “no-brainer” and that he wasn’t prepared to “take no for an answer” given Canada’s dependence on oil exports.

Trudeau accused him of “haranguing” Obama on the issue.

To be fair, Conservatives and Republicans blame Obama for the strained relations.   Read on…


Canadian panel OKs oil pipeline to Pacific, pressuring US on Keystone

"It is just another reason we need to build Keystone XL," a spokesperson for the American Petroleum Institute told The Hill late Thursday. "President Obama needs to understand our energy future is at stake here. Building KXL will enhance our energy security and create jobs."

Click here for complete article > The Hill Energy and Environmental Blog

December 20, 2013

A top oil lobby said U.S. energy security is "at stake" with a Canadian panel's decision to okay a major pipeline that would carry crude to the Pacific on Thursday.

Canada's National Energy Board decided to move forward on the Northern Gateway Pipeline, which will carry crude from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific Coast for delivery to China. The project will still need to be approved by the Canadian government.

The move backed claims by the U.S. oil industry that Canada's product will get to market with or without Keystone XL…


CN, feds eyeing oil-by-rail to Prince Rupert, B.C., in same quantity as Gateway


Government memos suggest that Chinese-owned Nexen is working with CN Rail to ship oil from Alberta, through B.C. and to Asia by tanker. Photograph by: Gordon Beck, The Gazette

Click here for complete article > Edmonton Journal

September 22, 2013

CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, documents show.

Internal memos obtained by Greenpeace under the Access to Information Act show the rail carrier raised the proposal last March with Natural Resources Canada…


Keystone decision not likely until 2014; senators urge end to delays

Democrats Max Baucus and Mary Landrieu, of Montana and Louisiana respectively, and John Hoeven and John Thune, of North and South Dakota, issued statements harshly critical of the prospect of further delays in Keystone XL's five-year approval process.

Click here for complete article > Edmonton Journal

September 3, 2013

The fate of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline isn't likely to be determined until 2014, almost a decade after the Calgary-based energy giant first conceived of the project.

The U.S. State Department said in a recent statement to the media that it won't release its final environmental assessment of the $7 billion pipeline until it's pored over and published more than a million public comments on its draft ecological analysis. Those efforts, ongoing since March, could be completed this week.

Then, State Department officials begin a 90-day review of whether the pipeline is in the U.S. national interest, a determination that can be appealed by other federal agencies for 15 days. That likely pushes an ultimate decision on the pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama into the new year…

Bipartisan Group of Senators: Don’t Delay Keystone XL Decision Again



Study: Oil Sands Crude is Indeed Oil

The committee does not find any causes of pipeline failure unique to the transportation of diluted bitumen. Furthermore, the committee does not find evidence of chemical or physical properties of diluted bitumen that are outside the range of other crude oils or any other aspect of its transportation by transmission pipeline that would make diluted bitumen more likely than other crude oils to cause releases. (National Research Council (an arm of the National Academy of Sciences))

Click here for complete article > Energy Tomorrow Blog

June 25, 2013

An article of faith with the anti-oil sands crowd is that the crude from Canada is dangerous because it’s more corrosive to pipelines than other crudes and therefore more prone to cause pipeline failures, leaks, spills and … you know the rest. You can sample some of that rhetoric here and here. But then consider something so much more authoritative than rhetoric: science.

A new study finds that Alberta oil sands crude is, well, oil and just as safe to transport via pipeline as other types of crudes…

Download of Complete Study