For today’s Sandusky Register I had written an extraordinary viewpoint expressing my concern over how the unrest in Iraq is keeping gas prices here at home high, but, my dog ate my submission.
Wait! I don’t have a dog.
Ok, now I remember what I forgot.
My computer crashed and I lost the submission, along with all the facts I made up, err, collected, which I mistakenly believed were safely stored in my IRS email bin.
Durn! Hoopfully, my spill chick kepts werking.
Don’t worry, I’ve found another reason to explain why gas prices never have to use Viagra to keep rising.
Last week’s disturbance along our country’s southern border showed how easy it is for illegal immigrants to pipeline into the USA while it remains disturbing that legal Canadian oil cannot cross the northern border through a pipeline.
Perhaps that is why last Tuesday, Canada’s government approved a pipeline proposal that would pipe their oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to China. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said Canada’s national interest makes the pipelines essential.
The PM also said he was PDed, “Profoundly Disappointed” that President Obama had delayed a decision on the Texas Keystone XL option and spoke of the need to diversify Canada’s oil industry.
They diversified it all the way to China.
China’s growing economy is so hungry for Canadian oil that just an hour after they receive it, they want more.
Perhaps that is why, according to Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford, that Chinese state-owned companies have invested more than $40 billion in Canadian energy in the past few years.
Sort of explains the Canadian government’s approval of the Enbridge ’s Northern Gateway $7.9 billion project. Looks like Canada figured it out. You’ve got to spend yen if you want to make yen.
The International Energy Agency said the northern oil sands in the Alberta region of Canada have the world’s third largest oil reserves, with 170 billion barrels of proven reserves.
The IEA also states the United States, thanks to the booming output from shale formations, will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by 2015.
If the USA teamed up with Canada just think of the “Certain Hurtin” we could put on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries as we could not only become oil self-sufficient, but actually compete with OPEC to the point that oil prices would drop as quickly as a ball in a Cleveland Indians glove.
The response in Washington to Ottawa’s other pipeline decision?
Actually it was more like the buzzing of bees rather than the chirping of crickets as the White House did release an ecology driven presidential memorandum last Friday titled:
“Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators”
That’s right. I read presidential memorandums so you don’t have to.
Incidentally, the presidential memorandum the White House released three days before the flight of the bumblebee memo was also ecology related as it was named:
“Comprehensive Framework to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud”
In fact, it was President Obama’s green dream of saving the planet that led to his Keystone indecision decision that the Canadian Energy Research Institute claims has cost the United States 117,000 new jobs.
So what is the cost of President Obama saving the planet instead of saving the world for us?
Depending on what day it is, almost $4 a gallon.