Myth

It doesn’t matter where the U.S. gets its oil from because all oil exporters are the same.

Fact

Former Obama national security advisor and retired general Jim Jones has emphasized the stability of the Canadian-American relationship saying, “Every day it becomes more evident for our nation to achieve true energy security…”

Myth vs. Fact: All Oil Exporters are the Same

Myth

Shutting in Canadian oil sands will have no effect on those unstable regimes that seek to harm the United States’ national security interests.

Fact

The Council on Foreign Relations has concluded that production from Canada’s oil sands could weaken such states by displacing their production and driving down prices.

Myth vs. Fact: Canadian Oil Sands will Have no Effect on US’s National Security Interests

Myth

Importing oil sands from Canada will weaken America’s national security.

Fact

National security experts, including high ranking members of the Obama administration, have stated that national security will be strengthened by deepening the U.S.-Canadian energy relationship.

Myth vs. Fact: Importing Oil Sands from Canada will Weaken American’s National Security

Myth

We have plenty of crude oil supply and our refineries are operating below capacity.

Fact

According to a 2011 Congressional Research Service report, Venezuelan and Mexican crude oil production is declining and refiners will need additional feedstock to refine and supply the U.S. market.

Myth vs. Fact: Plenty of Crude Oil Supply, Refineries are at Below Capacity

FACT SHEET: Background on Diluted Bitumen (API/AOPL)

One of the types of crude oil derived from the Canadian oil sands is bitumen, a heavy, sour oil. Bitumen would not flow through a pipeline efficiently, so it is mixed with diluents to be readied for pipeline transportation as diluted bitumen, or ‘dilbit.’ Diluents are usually natural gas condensate, naphtha or a mix of [...]

NRCAN: Oil Sands Report

The oil sands are a strategic resource that contributes to economic opportunity and energy security for Canada, North America and the global market. The oil sands comprise more than 97 percent of Canada’s 174 billion barrels of proven oil reserves. In 2010, production from the oil sands was 1.6 million barrels per day. While seven [...]

FACT SHEET: About Canada’s Oil Sands (CAPP)

Canada’s oil sands are important to the U.S. economy and energy security. Global demand for energy continues to rise. Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world and 97% of these reserves are in the oil sands. Canada’s oil sands help supply America’s energy needs while also creating American jobs and strengthening our [...]

FACT SHEET: Facts About Pipeline Safety and Canadian Crude (API)

Pipeline Safety Oversight in the United States Liquid petroleum pipelines carry crude oil and refined petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, etc.) across state and even country borders (interstate & international) as well as within states (intrastate). Pipelines are widely acknowledged to be the safest and most efficient way to move energy products [...]

FACT SHEET: Oil from Canada (API)

The United States imports 8.4 million barrels of oil and petroleum products a day to help meet its energy needs. Canada is the largest supplier to the U.S., providing more than 2.4 million barrels a day – more than 1/4 – of these imports. Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world, with [...]

FACT SHEET: Canadian Oil Sands Primer (API)

Oil sands are geologic formations that contain a mixture of thick, heavy oil, water and sand. The heavy oil is called bitumen, which is defined as oil that is too heavy or thick to flow or be pumped without being diluted or heated. Read the entire report.