By George A. Gonzalez
Throughout the USA oil and gasoline shale are being 'hydrofracked' to supply petroleum and typical gasoline. Oil (or tar) sands from Canada is being 'processed' – thereby producing quite a lot of crude. This publication areas the novel fossil fuels revolution that's occurring in North the USA in the context of significant energy politics.
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The oil shocks of the 1970s reinforced the view that unconventional petroleum, like the oil sands, is a strategic asset that can be used to meet US energy demand. Keystone Xl Pipeline The United States made significant gestures indicating that the Keystone XL pipeline would be constructed. 9 As noted earlier, the developing of the Canadian oil sands will significantly add to the carbon content in the atmosphere. 11 Another major environmental risk associated with the oil sands is spillage. 12 It is the fear of dilbit spillage that caused British Columbia to recommend against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline (noted in Chapter 2).
Next I outline how developing the Canadian oil sands came to be perceived as consonant with the national/regional interests of North America. CHAPTER 3 The Canadian Oil Sands Policy Network T he Canadian oil (or tar) sands is at the center of a debate over US energy policy. The oil sands, located in the province of Alberta, are a high-carbon substitute for crude oil. 1 The specific focus of the debate over the Canadian oil sands has been the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have connected Alberta to the petroleum refining infrastructure in Texas (Houston).
This, even though a hugely successful civilian power program would have eliminated the need for fossil fuel as a source of energy (especially coal). 20 Far from manifesting opposition, the fossil fuel industry demonstrated significant political support for nuclear power in the 1950s. This support was shown through the 1956 report Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, submitted to the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. The report was compiled by the Panel on the Impact of the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy.
American Empire and the Canadian Oil Sands by George A. Gonzalez