Posted July 1, 2011
A warm shout out to our friends in Canada, where today they celebrate Canada Day, marking the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North American provinces back in 1867. Canadians will spend the day picnicking, attending parades and watching fireworks.
Here in the United States, let's celebrate the fact we have Canada as our No. 1 energy partner - supplying more crude oil than any other country (21 percent of imports to Saudi Arabia's 12 percent). Thanks, Canada, for providing dependable and safe energy that translates into security, U.S. and Canadian jobs and mutual economic growth.
The fact is Canada is key to America's energy present and future. With the right domestic policies and construction of the Keystone XL pipeline - delivering upwards of 833,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada's oil sands region to U.S. refiners - 92 percent of our liquid fuel needs could be supplied here at home and from Canada by 2030.
Real energy security - something well worth celebrating.
P.S.: More happiness - one Canadian "greeter" dodges traffic.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.