Monday, September 26, 2011
How Should We Ship Canadian Oil?
Today's poll question; how should we ship our oil to the United States? Should we do it with a fleet of thousands of trucks? Should we rely on giant oil tankers? Or maybe, just maybe, a pipeline is actually the best way to move this stuff? We aren't going ship this via Federal Express, so we had best find the most effective and efficient means of transporting our black gold to our biggest customer. There was a small protest in Ottawa today (actually quite a pathetic turnout by recent standards), and somehow I suspect if you polled those people the most popular answer would be to stop selling oil altogether. There is well over a trillion dollars worth of oil in the ground in Alberta, and blocking its sale would lead to catastrophic economic damage. Regardless of what overrated celebrities from cheesy 80s movies you get to protest this development, you can't stop the oil from being sold. It will be transported from point A to point B, guaranteed. The question is how do we want to do it? How many trucks would it take to ship the same volume of oil that the pipeline could ship in a single day?