|Canada: Dismayed by U.S. Reaction, Nation Turns to Asia for Oil, Gas Deal
By JIM FOX
Published: Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:33 p.m.
Canada is looking to sell its oil and natural gas in Asia after the U.S. administration delayed a decision on a controversial $7 billion pipeline project.
Approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to transport Canadian crude to refineries in Texas from Alberta's oilsands was a "no brainer," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said earlier. He even predicted it would be approved by the end of the year and construction would begin soon afterward.
After all, it would have created thousands of jobs in the U.S. and provided a major source of oil to its neighbor and largest trading partner to help ease dependence on crude from non-friendly Middle East nations, he reasoned.
Harper expressed Canada's disappointment in a meeting last week in Hawaii with President Barack Obama after the U.S. State Department asked for a different route through Nebraska and a further environmental assessment.
"This highlights why Canada must increase its efforts to make sure it can supply its energy outside of the United States and into Asia in particular," Harper said.
Seriously? How hard do you need to try to screw US-Canadian relation?