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

Myth vs. Fact: Oil Sands Crude will not Enhance U.S. Energy Security

Myth

Oil sands crude will do little to nothing to enhance U.S. energy security because the output is already slated for export outside of North America.

Fact

Oil is sent where there is demand and according to EIA projections, the United States will continue to have a significant need for oil in the foreseeable future.

Myth vs. Fact: US using Canadian Crude Oil will Slow Down Greener Energy Economy

Myth

Increasing America’s use of Canadian crude oil will only slow down progress toward a greener energy economy.

Fact

We need all forms of energy. Even with increased development of renewable resources like wind and solar, the U.S. will continue to require [1]oil imports to meet its energy needs, which are predicted to be 21 percent greater in 2035 than in 2009.

Myth vs. Fact: Oil Sands is Tar Sands

Myth

It’s tar sands, not oil sands.

Fact

The oil sands are a mixture of inorganic matter, silt, clay, water and viscous oil called bitumen.

Myth vs. Fact: US Does Not Need More Oil from Canada

Myth

We don’t need more oil. Why increase imports from Canada?

Fact

The United States needs more supply of all types of energy, including oil, to meet our growing energy demand.

Myth vs. Fact: US Producing Oil will Benefit the Economy than Importing

Myth

Producing our own American oil would benefit the economy far more than importing Canadian oil sands.


Fact

Approximately half of our oil in the United States comes from domestic sources but we need to import the rest to meet our energy needs.

Myth vs. Fact: Few American Multinationals will Benefit from Canadian Oil Sand

Myth

Only a few large American multinationals will benefit from Canadian oil sands production.


Fact

At least 2,400 American companies from 49 states are already involved in the development of Canada’s oil sands.