Why does foreign oil get a pass?
Yesterday, Colin Craig of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation held a press conference exposing more of the double standards faced on Canada's energy industry.
Yesterday, Colin Craig of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation held a press conference exposing more of the double standards faced on Canada's energy industry. This one concerns the foreign oil Canada imports without any environmental assessment - compared to the regulations that have killed many a homegrown energy project in Canada.
Just last year, the Energy East pipeline project was scrapped due to the government’s burdensome and unpredictable environmental assessment regulations. The sticking point was the sudden requirement that the project undergo an “upstream and downstream emissions review.”
The CTF decided to look into whether the foreign oil imported into Canada – including from human rights-abusing countries like Saudi Arabia – is subject to the same stringent reviews.
The answer, unsurprisingly, is no.
You can watch the CTF’s press conference here, and you can read their press release on the subject (including links to the government’s response) here.
Canadian energy is produced to the best standards in the world – and by producing and exporting more of it worldwide, we can replace less efficient forms of energy and reduce global emissions. The world needs more Canada.