Cate McCalley wrote:Demon Hunter wrote:Private businesses should be free to act in ways they deem profitable free of government interference. Cate do you not realize that import the majority of our oil from Canada? I think that is something you seem to be missing.
We import more than twice the amount of oil from Canada than Saudi Arabia. The problem I have is not with Canada's oil imports to the US, but with the sand tar imports. It's the dirtiest crude oil found. It wouldn't even be profitable to refine, except for it's byproduct, Petcoke. One of the dirtiest, if not the dirtiest of solid fuels. The same product that has created far less demand for high BTU metallurgical coal under your feet.
You're free to support private businesses to be free to act in ways they deem profitable free of government interference. But you are not free to abate government regulations to protect those that depend on regulations that protect their health and economies. That sort of thing is done in Dictatorships, not Democracy's.
After review, it seems I answered your question. And now I have a few for you; Do you realize an expansion of the Panama Canal is expected to be completed in the next year or two? And that the expansion is expected to increase maritime traffic from The Gulf of Mexico to Asia significantly? Do you subscribe to the basic economic theory of "supply and demand"? If so, what do you think will happen to the price of imported Canadian oil to the USA when the Canadians are able to roll that oil via pipeline across US soil to the Gulf of Mexico for access to Indonesian and Asian markets? Will worldwide access to Canadian oil increase or decrease the price of oil in the USA? Will Petcoke accelerate or further depress the demand for high grade metallurgical coal, as found in Appalachia?