The Americans are not strangers to a foreign country interfering with their internal affairs. Nobody was very happy with the Russian involvement in their last presidential election. Yet American oil money appears to be funding a well organized and publicized campaign to keep Canada from building pipelines. Watch the 2019 Canadian documentary “Over a Barrel” if you don’t believe this.
Given that without pipelines Texas based oil companies get to buy Canadian oil at a third of the world price blocking our pipelines makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is that Canadians fall for this manipulation hook, line and sinker.
Over 20% of our country’s exports are energy based. This creates huge number of jobs and brings foreign revenue to our country. The royalties on this resource fund a good proportion of the social programs we take for granted in this country as well as the equalization payments on which so many provinces depend. Where do you think all this money comes from to finance all the goodies politicians are promising us? (unless you want to borrow it and stick your grand-kids with the bill).
Pipelines carry oil through isolated and unpopulated areas and in a form that is not particularly flammable. In their absence highly volatile petroleum products are transported through populated areas by rail and truck. Just ask the residents of Lake Megantic, Quebec if this was a good idea after dozens of its residents were vaporized by an exploding rail car.
I don’t blame American oil companies for trying to keep enjoying a sweet deal on hugely discounted Canadian oil. Business is business. However, I don’t relish the image of a boardroom full of Texas oil executives sitting around chuckling about how dumb Canadians are.
But maybe they’re right.