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

NEW OSFC VIDEO: Growing bipartisan voices say Keystone XL is the key to energy security

Click to play the complete video On the heels of President Obama’s speech in Ohio and his weekly address, where he touted the United States making great strides towards energy security, OSFC is releasing the second video of its two part series, which features Democrats and Republicans coming together to tell President Obama how important [...]

Five Year Anniversary: List of Reasons to Build Keystone XL is “Now Nearly as Long as the Pipeline Itself”

New OSFC Infographic Highlights Major American Projects Built within Five Years [Click on the infographic to enlarge] Five years ago today, TransCanada submitted its application to build the full Keystone XL pipeline. Normally anniversaries are a cause for celebration, but this is an anniversary that marks the delay of major benefits to the American people: [...]

OSFC Rapid Response on Obama’s Keystone Announcement

OSFC Rapid Response on Obama’s Keystone XL Announcement Not To Approve Keystone XL Unless Determined First It Will Not Lead to net Increase of GHG Emissions Update (3:49 P.M., ET, 6/25/2013): As expected, President Obama did mention the Keystone XL pipeline during his speech today, saying that a finding would be required to ensure the [...]

Chinese Whispers? Or Cold-Hard Facts?

Oil sands energy will continue to be produced without KXL – it’ll just go to China instead of U.S. In a brief video appearance for The Nation last week, 350.org president Bill McKibben echoed a common theme for anti-Keystone XL activists:   “If Keystone [XL] doesn’t get built, it’s clear that banks and others will [...]

The Difference between Extreme and Efficient

There was a time in this country when the only way to access oil was to commission a boat, take it offshore, locate, engage and coax onto your ship a 175,000-pound whale, bring it back without sinking, and then, once cleaned, extract the relatively small deposits of oil from the animal’s carcass. You want to [...]

Apples, Oranges, and the Oil Sands

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) added to the pile of conflicting well-to-wheels analyses with its report released this week, “The Life Cycle Assessment of Canadian Oil Sands,” written in the context of the Keystone XL project. Just like its predecessors, CRS wades into the world of assessment comparisons, choosing previously-published reports with seemingly common variables [...]