Europe: Sorry we rejected you, Canada; we really want your oil sands after all

posted at 4:41 pm on June 5, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

One of the reasons eco-radicals harbor such strong distaste for the Keystone XL pipeline is because they believe that Canada should quixotically eschew the economic opportunities in their oil sands and instead leave those natural resources in the ground. Their quest to kill the pipeline has therefore always been epically illogical, since Canada will and has found a way to get their oil to market, either to our Gulf refineries via rail transport or else by building their own domestic pipelines out to the coasts for shipment by sea.

These Keystone XL-hatin’ eco-radicals almost had a helpful partner in the European Union, which — heeding the complaint that oil sands are somewhat more carbon-intensive than conventional crude — was all ready with legislation meant to encourage the use of cleaner transport fuels by slapping heavy and deliberately discriminatory penalties on imports of Canada’s oil sands. Canada was all ready to get to work and trade with Asian countries anyway, but all the better if they can open up the European market, too — and Europe’s newfound skittishness about energy security and eagerness to reduce dependence on Russia has the bloc looking to diversify its supplies.

I mentioned last month that the EU was rethinking its high-minded pooh-poohing of the oil sands, and it looks like Canada may actually get its wish in the form of a major reversal on those forthcoming EU regulations that will instead allow Canada’s oil sands to do steady business there, via the Financial Times:

Canada today exports little crude to Europe, but it has plans to increase those exports if new pipelines are built linking the oil sands to ports, such as TransCanada’s proposed Energy East project to take oil from Alberta to the east coast. …

Chris Davies, a European parliamentarian on the environment committee, said that Connie Hedegaard, the EU climate commissioner, had lost out to stronger voices in the commission with industrial and trade portfolios. “She got beat,” Mr Davies said. …

The latest draft of the EU legislation is a reversal from earlier versions of the plan, which would have required fuel suppliers to disclose the carbon footprint of the original crude oil that was used to make their products, and stay below maximum limits for associated emissions. …

Under the new methodology, companies will only have to make their emission cuts based on EU averages for the “output” fuels – the petrol or diesel – regardless of whether it was originally made from heavy crude or not.


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what happened to that new energy they had, solar and wind.

phatfawzi on June 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM

The Euros choose not to follow the path back to the glorious stone age as envisioned by the enlightened eco warriors, this is disturbing and upsetting.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Those Euroweenies…we’ve got solar, wind and mice running on treadmills…hah!!!

PatriotRider on June 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Europe is finding out that “renewable energy” is a scam designed to relieve gullible governments of billions and billions of dollars.

Adjoran on June 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

We should be more like Europe!

rbj on June 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

We should be more like Europe!

rbj on June 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

how far off are we?

phatfawzi on June 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

what happened to that new energy they had, solar and wind.

phatfawzi on June 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM

That was the province of Ontario – it put a population of 7 million into a bankruptcy of 315 billion.

I don’t have to tell you, but I will – that’s what happens when one elects progressives.

karra on June 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Why don’t the states just start building XL. Who is going to stop them? If the Feds, sue, get the case thrown out due to lack of standing like Obama does with cases against him.

tdarrington on June 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

If the Feds, sue, get

Extra comma is extra.

tdarrington on June 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Best for Canada to keep Asia supplied, it will not be long before Europe forgets about the threat they face with Russia and returns to shunning energy.

astonerii on June 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I appreciate the devious plan the Muzzies have apparently come up with:

1. Make money developing and selling their natural resources
2. Use that money to prevent us from developing and selling our own resources
3. Make even more money selling their natural resources as the price skyrockets
4. Use that money to install an anti-American usurper who ruins our economy
5. Buy our land and resources cheap, with all the natural resources still intact

And we call them stupid savages?

Rix on June 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Why don’t the states just start building XL. Who is going to stop them? If the Feds, sue, get the case thrown out due to lack of standing like Obama does with cases against him.

tdarrington on June 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I think much has been built and is being used for US crude. It’s crossing the border which has been stopped.

CW20 on June 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Canada still exists?

faraway on June 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Drink to that, eh!

J.B. Say on June 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Stupid sumpin sumpins Hopey/Changey!!

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

…let them freeze!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Canada still exists?

faraway on June 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

faraway:Lol,

yes, and you will thank-us,…if KillRod wins,
you can set up,..your own mini-states, till she
is gone!!:)
(snark)

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Europe: Sorry we rejected you, Canada

…give them a NOBEL…and make it up to them!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Is Europe having an epiphany? I sure hope so.

SC.Charlie on June 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Best for Canada to keep Asia supplied, it will not be long before Europe forgets about the threat they face with Russia and returns to shunning energy. – astonerii on June 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Putin has signed a great deal to provide China with oil and natural gas. As long as they can get along.

SC.Charlie on June 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Amazing how short sighted liberals are across the world.

Perspicacious on June 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Guess Europe developed cold feet.
Get it? ‘Cold feet’? Because it’s way north of the equator, and….never mind.
Anyway, nice to see bare, unsullied selfish interest, and common sense coming to the fore.

orangemtl on June 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I appreciate the devious plan the Muzzies have apparently come up with:

1. Make money developing and selling their natural resources
2. Use that money to prevent us from developing and selling our own resources
3. Make even more money selling their natural resources as the price skyrockets
4. Use that money to install an anti-American usurper who ruins our economy
5. Buy our land and resources cheap, with all the natural resources still intact

And we call them stupid savages?

Rix on June 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

They have morons like Matt Damon working for them in Hollywood too.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Chris Davies, a European parliamentarian on the environment committee, said that Connie Hedegaard, the EU climate commissioner, had lost out to stronger voices in the commission with industrial and trade portfolios. “She got beat,” Mr Davies said. …

Translation: Cooler, saner heads prevailed and facts trumped *ahem!* settled science…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I think much has been built and is being used for US crude. It’s crossing the border which has been stopped.

CW20 on June 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Most of what has already been built is between southeastern Nebraska and the Gulf coast areas.

The contentious part is a beeline between southern Alberta, across eastern Montana, western SD, and eastern Nebraska, which is a shortcut for an existing pipeline going eastward from Alberta into Manitoba on the Canadian side, then due south along the eastern borders of ND, SD, and NE. The shortcut route cuts about 300 miles off the long route, by following the hypotenuse of the right triangle.

Even if it was not used for Canadian tar sands, there could be a need for another pipeline to take light, sweet crude from North Dakota to refineries in Missouri and Illinois.

Steve Z on June 5, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Guess Europe developed cold feet.
Get it? ‘Cold feet’? Because it’s way north of the equator, and….never mind.
Anyway, nice to see bare, unsullied selfish interest, and common sense coming to the fore.

orangemtl on June 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Funny thing about relying on solar power when you’re closer to the North Pole than to the Equator, and skies are cloudy more than half of daylight hours.

Steve Z on June 5, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Let the EU run on solar and wind. About time they went back to Third World status.

GarandFan on June 5, 2014 at 8:15 PM

We should be more like Europe!

rbj on June 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

how far off are we?

phatfawzi on June 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

We’re right there.

jimver on June 5, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Funny thing about relying on solar power when you’re closer to the North Pole than to the Equator, and skies are cloudy more than half of daylight hours.

Steve Z on June 5, 2014 at 8:08 P

M

yeah, there are basically 4 countries in Europe that can rely on solar, somewhat anyways…italy (minus the N), Spain (much like Cali climate, minus Galicia in the W and the Basques in the N, it rains a lot), S. of France and Greece. Well, add to that tiny Malta island and Cyprus too, or well, the half that is in the EU. And the idiots thought that solar would be sustainable in the EU overall. Delusional.

jimver on June 5, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Geez Louise. As a Canadian, should I be glad they came around, or be unhappy that we got jerked around for nothing?

LancerDL on June 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

As a Canadian, I am so mad at the US right now, I’d prefer selling to Asia (incl China)and Europe than the US.

Id have Canada join OPEC , and sign a cooperative deal with Russia & China and join their “renminbi alliance”. This would have the very nice Geopolitical advantage of making a good deal with Russia about the Canadian artic, and freze the US out as much of it as possible.

And finally, I would put economic sanctions on the US the size of our multi-billion dollar losses we have had by losing 35-50$ a barrel by not having the pipeline built on time.

And I used to be the US’s biggest defender and booster in my Circle, usually in groups of like 8 to 10-to 1 that used to criticize the US, US Foreign and Defense Policy, Bush blah-blah-blah etc and I would defend you to the wall.

Now with KeyStone, NSA, Fast & Furious, FATCA, Try to guess how I feel…

Hope & Change people, Hope and Change…!!!

I can’t wait for Shrillary.. and 16 uniterrupted years of Democratric, California-centric, Amnesty-coming, Canada’hatin Dominance…

Regards
A Former admirer of the US and Reagan supporter.

Gauthijm on June 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM