April 2nd, 2012
07:58 PM ET

Love lost between the U.S. and Canada over exported oil?

Erin Burnett breaks down the relationship between the U.S. and Canada over the hotly debated subject of exported oil.

Filed under: Politics
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  1. Name*hawaii bob

    aloha E! G, SHOCKING, oil @ the crux of the issue ...again. aloha

    April 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  2. Name*hawaii bob

    aloha E! G, SHOCKING, oil @ the crux of the issue ...again. aloha hb

    April 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  3. David Johnston

    I liked your show Erin, but your ignorance regarding the canadian tar sands has soured that. I wonder how many other stories you have portrayed incorrectly. BRING JOHN KING BACK TO THIS TIME SLOT. Now there's a journalist I trust.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • baysus

      I could'nt agree more..... It's time to go.......like Glenn Beck and many other biased reporters. I think I hear FOX new calling.

      April 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
    • Brett Woodward

      "...I liked your show Erin, but your ignorance regarding the canadian tar sands has soured that. I wonder how many other stories you have portrayed incorrectly. BRING JOHN KING BACK TO THIS TIME SLOT. Now there's a journalist I trust..."

      "Erin"s" ignorance of "canadian" tarsands soured you? – David, if you'd like to see some real ignorance about bitumen, come to Canada – with a capital "C," speaking of 'condemnable' ignorance – but Canadians don't attack people for being ignorant ... we're conditioned by American opinion, as Erin's is actually very pleasant compared to the rest of the hot air blasting out of your crumbling empire.

      Also I really really doubt that John King knows sweet tweet about tarsand, so I think you should apologize to Erin ... if you're loud enough / man enough for that ...

      April 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  4. Darrell

    As a Canadian i think we should sell our oil to Asia for a couple of reasons. The first is the usa has stabbed Canada in the back one to many time regarding the free trade agreement. Second is Asia has money to pay for our oil and gas ,and they want it badly. So selling it to Asia before selling it to the USA makes perfect sense. Another reason we should sell it to Asia is Obama clearly does not want our oil as he would perfer to by it from Soras or whatever his name is. you know the fella that obama gave billions of dollars too. It is also time to kill the free trade agreements as the USA does not follow those laws anyways. So i say sell to China first, then any Asia country that wants it second. Then if there is any left over and they want some, we can sell it to them Cash up front first. This rant sould not affect anybody there as they do not like us anyways. Oh well.

    April 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  5. David Gagnon, Canada

    You make the incorrect assumption that all Canadians support Harper and one or the other of the pipelines. Many Canadians believe that Oilsands development has been reckless with little regard for the long-term environmental consequences.T Boone Pickens passed on it.

    Canadians have already discussed that many of us would prefer President Obama as our prime minister, particularly for his efforts to ensure Americans have health care. Many of us would be pleased to trade leaders with you!

    April 3, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
  6. joseelr

    Prime Minister Harper is correct. The interests of Canada come first – it is in canada's best interest to diversify trade. If this means, selling oil to China and Asia, that is the correct step to take. It is more beneficial to Canada economically.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  7. max

    I am an Albertan and I'm a little tired of everyone calling our oil sands the tar sands. It really is a catch frase that everyone
    sinks their teeth into. We will sell our oil to whomever we wish and with environmental concerns taken into consideration. First: a pipeline to the East is under review and will reverse the direction of oil in Canada. We will transport and sell our oil to our Eastern Cousins. They now buy oil from the The Middle East via US. The Sarnia refinery will be in heavier demand to refine the oil and send it onward to Quebec ports and then sent by ships to the Maritimes. New Brunswick's Irving Refineries will also be able to refine our heavy oil to a light crudeThe Maritimes now uses heating oil to heat their homes. It is very expensive. Just ask people in the Eastern US who do the same . The oil now being used is unethical coming from countries who do not care about the environment, human rights and the list could go on-just look at Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. We do care about the environment in Alberta. I'm just a little tired of environmentalists from North America who keeping spewing out the same old garbage. Why don't these feel good people ask Victoria about its t disgraceful sewage dumping. A lot of their scare theories about global warming are being challenged and about time too. I know of biologists that are working in Fort McMurray
    who are reclaiming land and water to its pristine condition. Why don"t some of you people go and visit the Sands? You will be amazed. Things still have to be done. We Albertans want clean water. air , etc. Stop shooting off your mouths until you actually know how much technology has helped. Go see for yourselves! The tailings ponds which killed1500 ducks a few years ago are being reclaimed within weeks because we Albertans want it done. How many birds are killed by windmills and airplanes every year. It's probably in the millions. Do you demand the windmills be stopped-no. ? They also kill bats but they aren't cute and cuddly like polar bears. I wonder how much of a carbon footprint people leave after travelling into Northern BC to try and stop the northern pipeline By the way, there already is a pipeline that goes to BC. It runs through our Jasper-Banff National Park all the way to Burnaby BC where it is refined. The pipeline was upgraded a few years ago under strict environmental rules.The pipeline has been there for over fifty years. We are going to be about 14,000workers short of full employment. We need more people to work here. We are looking for qualified workers first in Canada then internationally. I don't work or ever have worked for the oil companies. I'm just tired of erroneous comments coming from people who do not know what they are talking about!

    April 3, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
  8. Clemente B

    If we presently get 99% of Canada's exported oil, what percent will we get if the keystone pipeline is completed. I'm sure it will be less. Where then will we get the oil from. Also there is already a spill of the tar sand oil that is still not cleaned up. Keystone will enable Canada to ship oil to the rest of the world, endanger our country to an oil spill that is not correctable because the oil sinks, produce 2,000 temporary jobs(independent college study) not hundreds of thousands and Canada / republicans will not require Canada to dedicate one drop of oil to the United States. The analysis of this subject on the show was pathetic.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  9. Kerry stoner

    Speaking as one of your quiet neighbors to the north its about time Americans realized that we are not here for your benefit. Canada has the third largest oil reserve in the world and we possess a large part of the world's fresh water supply. Canada must do what is best for Canada. It doesn't help matters when we are taken for granted as we have been for so many years.Would Americans accept being ignored?

    April 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  10. Jan Alldredge

    I am encouraged that you are bringing up such an important issue, getting rid of dirty energy, I.e. Oil sands from Canada. clean energy such as LNG (liquid natural gas ) is being explored in Canada as well as the U.S. Westport energy in Canada and Chesapeak Energy in the U.S. Are just 2 companies moving ahead in cleaner, cheaper and more abundant fuel. More information on this needs to be "Outfront".

    April 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  11. Thomas

    Hello Erin,
    Interesting show you've got there – congratulations. I'm watching your story about Canada USA trade. The most important reasoning for Canada moving our trade to growth nations – is the USA's economic health. The second reason – 'Free Trade' America demands it – yet takes Canadian companies to court to block Canadian goods and services from being sold in the USA, regularly. And of course the latest is 'Buy American' basically cutting us Canadians out completely – what do you think you'd do if your 'Best trading partner' kept sh-ting on you ? Oh as long as you get oil, natural gas, electricity and other raw products at the low low price of friends selling to friends all is good.
    Sorry for seeming so grumpy 🙂

    April 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  12. Philip

    Keystone pipeline is a no brainier. Let's face it, countries will continue to burn oil. If a barrel of oil will be burned, I'd rather the united states to burn it than the Chinese for the simple reason that we have much better and higher efficient technologies than the Chinese, and we will produce less harmful gas. Those environmental protection groups should wake up to the reality.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  13. Sarah Siu

    I find Obama's action rather upsetting as a Canadian. American needs to show some respect towards Canada, something this President has sorrily lacked. We are your biggest trade partner, not Mexico, not China and not anyone else. Canada has more mineral resources then any other country on the planet, and instead of embracing and continuing a long friendly relation with us, he's decided to slap our collective face a few times. Obama turned the pipeline down, this is why Canada has decided to trade with China. America stop wondering why their economy is in decline, you have your answer!

    April 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  14. V.Pellegrino

    Thought Erin's piece on US Canadian Relations was pointed and reflective. As a Canadian I am quite surprised to see to what extent the US assumes Canada will follow it's every move like a poodle following it!s master. times have changed and the US needs to remind itself how valuable and strategic friends can be. Canada is a stable and respectful democracy that stands by it!s friends even when they take them for granted. Thank you for making the point.

    I guess you only appreciate what you have when you lose it!


    April 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  15. Km

    Xl pipeline is the wrong move. Let's get of oil. Let's get off the horoine. It will destroy every we hold holy.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  16. john

    The either lack of knowledge or just pure adulteration of the facts when it comes to Canadian oil, being disseminated from US based evironmentalists is hyporcritical at best...and yes, I have been to the tar sands. However, we are happy to sell it to Asia instead, if that's what you want. And while we are at, it we will be building three additional pipelines to sell our LNG to Asia also.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  17. Ashley Blair

    As a Canadian, I find Mr. Obama's action rather offensive. Canada is not only America's biggest trade partner with 1 billion dollars of trade per day, but we are by far the biggest import/export partners in the world. I think this is pure arrogance on President Obama part, to be so disrespectful to the leader of a country that shares the worlds longest unprotected border and trade partner is simply rude. Seriously Mr. President?

    April 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  18. Brett Woodward

    Harper only got 40% of the vote – I like to think Canada is still a great place b/c 60% did NOT vote for him!!!

    Love ya Erin!!


    April 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • David Johnston

      Only two PMs have ever recieved more than 50% of the vote in Canadian history. Dief and Mulroney. Canadians routinely get a leader that the majority do not want.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  19. RogerMcMillan

    I believe that many of the issues we hear about today have become political footballs of the kind that make any compromises and negotiation (the levelling factor in business ) virtually impossible. Erin Burnetts show on Monday had a gentleman by the name of Tyler who in an interview manged to make a comment that really doesnt adhere to the CNN Sound Off "Rules of Conduct". He made a not so concealed comment about OBAMA listening to two country leaders who have failed Health Care Systems. Canada pays 7% of its GDP on Health Care which covers everyone while the US pays 17% of its GDP which doesnt . Canada's system has problems to be sure with increasing costs that requires some creative fixes but to say it is failed is very irresponsible but that doesnt seem to bother the Republican party process. As a conservative the rhetoric of these men exteremely uninformed and narrowminded. It is a problem and they don't even realize it. It is in fact I slight to all conservatives. Of all the candidates, I find surprisingly enough, Newt Gingrich to be the most polished statesman despite some of his throw away lines.

    The Health care issue is going to be a big problem. I think it is too expensive a proposition to enter into in the way the Obama regime wanted to. I think Canada couldn't begin the process today. it was started in a different era and things have changed. Its not just the initial cost but the special intersst groups who all want their exorbitant piece of the pie.

    It would take too much compromise and cooperation by politicians and you know that is just going to happen.

    April 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply

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