Canada’s Consul General Speaks on Importance of New Oil Pipeline

​(November 10, 2011) Canada’s Consul General in Northern California Cassie J. Doyle discussed the importance of a U.S.-Canadian energy partnership at a World Affairs Council of Northern California event co-sponsored by the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, the McGeorge International Law Society and the California Chamber of Commerce on November 8.

Canada’s Consul General in Northern California Cassie J. Doyle discusses the importance of a U.S.-Canadian energy partnership.

The discussion stressed the importance of U.S. approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport increased Canadian oil imports to the Gulf Coast refineries. The project is expected to create 20,000 high-paying jobs and thousands more over the pipeline’s lifetime, in addition to creating 118,000 indirect jobs in the communities surrounding the pipeline, said Richard Raisler, moderator of the discussion.

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Canada is the second largest hydrogen energy producer, the third largest natural gas maker, and home to some of the largest oil reserves in the world, Doyle said.

Canada is increasingly developing alternative energy sources, such as windmills and green-powered labs, and is investing in such projects within California. In particular, Canada is investing in clean tech firms in the Silicon Valley, Doyle said.

Since 2006, California has been increasingly importing more oil from Canada, all transported through oil tankers, she said. Construction of a state-of-the-art pipeline, such as the Keystone XL Pipeline, would make the transportation of oil into the U.S. more efficient and environmentally friendly, Doyle added.

Moreover, it would link the United States with a reliable, democratic country that shares many of the same practices and standards as the U.S., she said.

Canada has remained California’s second largest export market since 2006, with a total value of $16.1 billion in 2010, making up 11 percent of all California exports.

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