The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
UPDATED Beautiful: "I don't suppose that I could prevail upon the Obama campaign to stop pissing off Canada?"
(Via Instapundit) It is sometimes startling to see just how unthinkingly indifferent the Obama campaign is towards the sensibilities of our major trading partners:
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed he would break America's addiction to "dirty, dwindling, and dangerously expensive" oil if he is elected U.S. president -- and one of his first targets might well be Canada's oil sands.
A senior adviser to Mr. Obama's campaign told reporters it's an "open question" whether oil produced from northern Alberta's oilsands fits with the Democratic candidate's plan to shift the U.S. sharply away from consumption of carbon-intensive fossil fuels.
Said campaign is touting this as being all about "greenhouse gasses," which I admit sounds better than "the ethanol industry expects a return on its investment in Barack Obama." Hey, complain to the New York Times: some of you folks are happy enough to believe them when they're telling you juicy anti-administration stories from anonymous sources, so there's no logical reason for you to change your mind about their accuracy now*...
But I digress.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak briefly with RNC Deputy Chairman Frank Donatelli on the GOP's energy policy. He was pretty forthright about the fact that there isn't a magic bullet that will sink gas prices instantly. What the Republicans are aiming for is to make a psychological change; the goal is to remove the artificial pessimism currently imposed on energy markets. Hence a comprehensive approach that includes greener technologies - including nuclear power - exploitation of existing offshore oil supplies, drilling in ANWR, making it easier for Brazilian ethanol to reach our markets (note that Senator Obama opposes that; one hesitates to suggest that it's for crass, corporate/political considerations)... and Albertan oil sands.
Read the whole thing. Classic.
UPDATE: The Canadians are not exactly overjoyed about the Obama's position; guess that is what he means by "bringing the world together. (Idiot..):
CANADIAN PUSHBACK on the anti-oil-sands talk:
Pander to voters at peril, U.S. told
Canada's energy sector may look for new markets
Big-city U. S. mayors and presidential hopeful Barack Obama, who joined the parade this week of ill-informed, U. S. anti-oil sands policies, should be careful what they wish for.
While the aim is undoubtedly to pander to the electorate in an election year charged with oil and climate-change debate, what they are stoking is an increasingly angry Canadian energy industry that is seriously looking at non-U. S. markets for its oil.
I thought Obama was going to repair our relations with our allies, not ruin them.