Staples: Alberta offers a way out of North America’s chaotic energy policy

Energy security is the most burning domestic issue in the United States right now. Biden and his Democrats are reportedly considering importing more oil from dictatorships like Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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Two things can be true at the same time. First, as long as Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau remain in power, energy policy in North America will be chaotic. Too much emphasis will be placed on unreliable wind and solar power generation and far too many billions will be spent importing oil from violent and unstable dictatorships.

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Second, now is the best time in decades for Alberta to make the case that our nearly inexhaustible oil reserves are the smartest and surest path to near-term energy security in North America (with power plants next-generation nuclear weapons manufactured in Canada and the United States as a long-term response to global warming concerns).

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney made his best selling pitch for Alberta oil on Tuesday at Houston’s huge CERAWeek conference on global energy, but the big news was that Biden has announced the ban by the United States on importing oil and gas from Russia.

Energy security is the most burning domestic issue in the United States right now. Biden and his Democrats are would have consider importing more oil from dictatorships like Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Their longer term focus is solar, wind and nuclear power. The Republicans are even more pro-nuclear, but the beating heart of their energy security strategy is more domestic production and importing Alberta oil through the Keystone pipeline, a project abandoned by Barack Obama and Biden.

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Former Republican Vice President Mike Pence just spent $10 million on an ad campaign to beat Democrats in tight districts in the upcoming fall election, with Biden rejecting the Keystone Pipeline on main post“Before Russian bombs fell on Ukraine, before hundreds of innocent Ukrainians lost their lives, a horrible decision had already been made. Joe Biden gave in to radical environmentalists and shut down the US Keystone Pipeline and dramatically increased America’s dependence on Russian oil, endangering America’s security and helping Russia finance the invasion.

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A supply depot serving the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is inactive in Oyen, Alberta. Photo by Reuters/Todd Korol

Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on a related issue: “Biden bans buying oil from one evil autocrat, to buy it from two others. It should immediately reverse its ban on new oil and gas leases and restart the Keystone XL pipeline.

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In his own speech, Biden never mentioned Keystone, denied that his administration’s policies had anything to do with high gas prices and pushed for an acceleration of clean energy projects.

The Trudeau Liberals sing from a similar hymnbook, minus the preference for nuclear power, with Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault, a longtime anti-nuclear activist, now lobbying for rapid deployment of an expensive and unreliable mix of solar and wind power, while denying that Canada can do anything to replace Russian power in Europe.

“Let’s be reasonable, we can’t help Europe with oil”, Guilbeault said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “Our export capacity is pretty much maxed out. We’re building a pipeline. It’s just going in the wrong direction and the idea that we could somehow start building a bunch of new infrastructure in Canada and that it would magically happen – whether for gas or for oil – is not very serious.

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Guilbeault is right about that, but largely because his own government has made it nearly impossible for private companies to go ahead with oil and gas projects and pipelines.

In Houston, Kenney vs Guilbeault, noting that governments can “de-risk” the Keystone XL project moving forward, something TC Energy understandably refuses to consider at this time given Biden is in power.

But Kenney made a solid offer to keep other Americans pushing for Keystone. If Biden has his way on imports, it will mean more funding for Saudi aggression in Yemen, for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and for the continued oppression of the Venezuelan people, Kenney said. “None of that does – it’s time to get real about global energy, and that’s why I truly believe Alberta and Canada are the answer.”

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Kenney highlighted Alberta’s record on environmental protection and its investments in clean hydrogen. “Do we want to continue to have a liberal democracy with bold ambitions on environmental performance to be effectively landlocked, while ceding a growing share of global energy markets to some of the world’s most unstable regimes? The Ukrainian people are paying the price right now. »

Even though Alberta has been ignored in the past, I suspect Kenney’s arguments will resonate in the United States. sweep away leaders who do not support domestic oil and gas, reject nuclear power and put us all at risk.

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