LINKS Sept. 7, 2011


Border agent says there’s nothing to do, money is being wasted [CNN]

Canada dropped $92-billion on security post-9/11 [Postmedia News]

Canadian trucker admits smuggling cocaine from US [AP]

Tragedy forged new reality [CP]

Schumer calls on Feds to move ahead with joint border crossing []

Hampson: 9/11 and the Remaking of Canada []

Robertson: The border: The bygone days of ‘pass friend’ [Embassy mag]

After 9/11, border patrol doubles, fewer tourists cross border, more criminals caught [Detroit Free Press]

More Canadian manufacturers encountering difficulty as they try to cross into the US [NB Business Journal]

Georgia man stays in jail after border child porn bust [Winnipeg Sun]


Flaherty wants probe into ‘irritating’ US-Canada price gaps [Postmedia News]

How Canadians get access to US-only deals [Globe and Mail]

Is the US ready for Little Mosque on the Prairie [BBC]

Canadian dealers get ‘carve out’ from US regulations [Financial Post]


Lt. Gen. Bouchard assesses NATO’s mission in Libya [NPR]

Plan would keep small force in Iraq past deadline [NY Times]


Sen. Johannes, second prominent Nebraska Republican opposes Keystone pipeline [Des Moines Register]

Study: Tar sands oil will reach US sans pipeline [Forbes]

Oil sands need US workers: Alberta minister [Bloomberg]

Dalai Lama joins Keystone pipeline opponents [Calgary Sun]

McKibben: What comes next for oil sands action []

Nobel Laureates urge Obama to reject pipeline [Huffington Post]

Canada minister ‘increasingly optimistic’ about Keystone approval [Dow Jones]

Cdn ambassador confident pipeline will be approved for jobs [Postmedia News]

Oil-funded study: more drilling would add 1.4 million jobs [Reuters]

Are Canadians growing apathetic about the oil sands? [Huffington Post]

Keystone XL benefactor to send oil overseas [Michigan Messenger]

Letter to Oprah Winfrey on ‘ethical oil’ ads []



LINKS Aug. 30, 2011


Don’t sell out sovereignty for border deal, Canadians tell Harper [Toronto Star]

Baird promises Canadian sovereignty ‘will not be compromised’ by border deal [National Post]

Canadian border guard tells lesbians to fill out separate forms []

Cross-border policing concerns some Canadians: report [CP]

Canada-US border talks raise privacy concerns [CBC]

Automakers applaud progress on perimeter security []

Calls for a freer border [Toronto Sun]


Target Canada hiring []

Canadian duty-free sales grow in July []

Eileen Fisher opens in Vancouver [Vancouver Sun]

Seeking scholarships south of the border [New Westminster News Leader]

Upcoming Harper-Obama talks last best hope to slow post-9/11 border chokehold [Toronto Star]

NAFTA surface trade up 11% in June []

Will Obama go bold on jobs plan? [Politico]


Exxon wins prized access to Arctic with Russia deal [NY Times]

Canada tries to force Russia out of Arctic [Pravda]


NATO may pressure Canada to stay on in Libya [Toronto Sun]

Canada looking at options to free up Libya assets: Official [Dow Jones]

NATO’s teachable moment [New York Times]

If we helped oust Gadhafi, then good on Canada [QMI]

Rebels set deadline for Gadhafi loyalists’ surrender [CTV]

Ambassador Gary Doer’s letter to editor on Keystone XL [New York Times]

Alberta energy minister to speak in NYC Friday [Calgary Herald]

Darryl Hannah arrested outside White House in oil sands protest [ABC News]

NASA scientist arrested at oil sands protest []

First Nations leaders join climate protests [CBC]

Greenpeace executive director arrested at White House []

TransCanada reaffirms environmental impact of project []

Obama still has green energy vote for 2012 [Daily Caller]

Pipeline or no, oil is not the future [Baltimore Sun]

McKibben: Coming together in central cell block [NPR]

Pipeline will carry more than just bitumen [Calgary Herald]

Oil sands costs on rise with oil prices [Calgary Herald]

Jefferson County blesses pipeline to bring oil from Canada to Texas [Beaumont Enterprise - Texas]

Alberta-Texas pipeline looking like a sure thing []

Critics unhappy with oil sands land-use plan [The Gazette - Montreal]

Samuelson: Say yes to Canadian oil sands [Washington Post]

Oil sands pipeline environmental fears are overdone [Financial Post]




Clinton: supportive of Canadian oil imports; won’t speculate on Keystone

March 2, 2011

Here is an exchange from today’s hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcomittee on State and Foreign Operations. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about the Keystone XL pipeline. She did not go as far as to say that she was “inclined to support” it — a comment she made last October. This led Friends of the Earth to trumpet today that Clintonwas “backing off” her support for the pipeline. I don’t know that’s the case. The most I would conclude is that she realizes that she should not speak out before her department has finished its review and made an official recommendation.

Interesting that Lindsey Graham, the Republican from South Carolina, raised the question. He visited the oil sands in September and said he would block any effort to slow oil sands imports.

Graham: Let’s talk about oil. Gas prices are going to go up to $4 a gallon — I think we’re well on our way. Are you familiar with the oil sands in Canada?

Clinton: Yes, sir.

Graham: And the pipeline that’s being proposed to be built from Canada to Texas — I think Louisiana?

Clinton: Yes, sir.

Graham: I’ve been told that the second largest-known deposit of oil is the oil sands in Canada and that it is equal to or greater than Saudi Arabia and Iran. And there’s some problem with the pipeline. What’s your view of the pipeline? Should America be trying to receive this oil from Canada?

Clinton: Well, Senator, since my department bears the ultimate responsibility for making a recommendation on the pipeline, I am not able at this time to express an opinion.

Graham: Are you generally supportive of receiving more oil from Canada and less from the Mideast?

Clinton: I am generally supportive of receiving more oil from Canada. I am absolutely supportive of us doing more in energy efficiency and renewables and looking for clean ways to use our own resources as well.


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