Oh, look ... the United States is just about ready for another of their extended world tours:
U.S. urges 'fivefold expansion' in Alberta oilsands production
The U.S. wants Canada to dramatically expand its oil exports from the Alberta oilsands, a move that could have major implications on the environment.
U.S.and Canadian oil executives and government officials met for a two-day oil summit in Houston in January 2006 and made plans for a "fivefold expansion" in oilsands production in a relatively "short time span," according minutes of the meeting obtained by the CBC's French-language network, Radio-Canada.
And the reasoning would be?
A fivefold increase would mean the exportation of five million barrels a day, which would supply a quarter of current American consumption and add up to almost half of all U.S. imports.
And the problem would be?
But the current extraction of oil from the tarsands results in the spewing of millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere: it's already the biggest source of new greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.
And the obvious solution would be?
Yet, according to the minutes of the Houston meeting, to multiply its output by five and to do it quickly, Canada would have to "streamline" its environmental regulations for new energy projects.
I can't wait to see how this plays out.
AND SPEAKING OF IRAQ ... Anonymous commenter suggests that the U.S. is going to need an oil fix real soon now, given what Bush is about to do to Iran. Or maybe it's because of how thoroughly they've fucked up Iraq (emphasis added):
The Bush plan itself continues to receive negative reviews. On Monday morning, AP reported that the “extra billion dollars of reconstruction aid … won’t go far in a country where electricity output still barely meets half the demand and oil production is falling short by almost a million barrels a day..."
Read the entire article. It's tall-wagging good.