Americans4OPEC: Blame Canada!
September 1st, 2011 | By: Alykhan
Earlier today, I snapped a few photos of Americans4OPEC, which today joined the anti-Keystone XL protests outside the White House. Here’s one of the photos and the group’s press statement. You can visit their website at Americans4OPEC.com
Americans4OPEC statement, which is available on their website:
“For more than 40 years, we Americans have powered our businesses, fueled our cars, and made our lives more comfortable with the help of OPEC oil.
We think that special relationship is worth protecting.
That’s why we’ve started a new group to do just that: Americans4OPEC. Currently, the Obama Administration is on the verge of approving a pipeline that could deliver nearly a million barrels of Canada’s “oil sands” oil to American markets every single day, reducing US dependence on our OPEC friends. Every barrel of oil we buy from Canada undermines our support for our traditional OPEC allies by displacing OPEC imports. We appreciate, and are grateful for the fact that Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates have kept America supplied with oil, reasonably consistently, for decades. We have come to depend on our OPEC friends and they have come to depend on us. The pipeline from Canada will even displace new sources of OPEC oil, like Venezuela’s heavy crude. That’s no way to treat a friend.
Americans4OPEC was founded to let our political leaders know that we cherish that special relationship.
Unfortunately, bullying by the Canadian prime minister and the Canadian oil industry, and this bizarre “ethical oil” argument that seems to imply Canada is a more tolerant, open, and ethical country than our traditional allies in OPEC regimes, have succeeded in getting the pipeline through several stages of the U.S. government’s approval process. We have to stop Keystone XL before it’s too late. That’s why Americans4OPEC is speaking out for America’s best interests — telling President Obama that we don’t want Canada’s oil. And with our partners in OPEC ready, willing and able to sell us all the oil we want, we don’t need the Keystone XL pipeline, either. We don’t need new sources of oil as long as we can continue being supplied by existing sources. Join us, Americans4OPEC*, in standing up against Canada’s oil and standing up for our valuable, longtime OPEC allies.
* Americans4OPEC is not a real organization, but a satire created by EthicalOil.org to highlight the choice Americans now have: A choice between several more decades of dependency on OPEC’s conflict oil or a future built on reliable, secure, and peaceful ethical oil from neighboring Canada.”