Canada will look to China to sell its oil
January 18th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Canada will look to China to sell its oil

Ottoway (CNN) - In a phone conversation that came as little surprise, President Barack Obama called Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday afternoon to explain why he had rejected the Keystone oil sands pipeline project.

In a statement released by Harper's office, the president is quoted as saying that the decision was not a decision based on the "merits of the project" and that TransCanada, the company looking to build the pipeline, could reapply for permission after a new route had been developed.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    Most donations for Obama's reelection are small... 50 yuan and less.

    January 18, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Hammerer

    Did obama tell the truth, that the decision was strictly a political move, or did he give him some song and dance routine about America did not need the oil.
    Let me guess!

    January 18, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Jewels

    Our president makes the right decisions. Not the quickest "buck" with adverse consequences.

    January 18, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Indy

    Good, thats where this tar sands sledge belongs is in China. The whole project is being fought against in Canada as well, it is a nightmare product with huge long term risks for a short term shot of employment.

    January 18, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Lisa P

    Misleading headline - this oil was always destined for the world market. The only advantage to the US of the Keystone pipeline was that we would get to earn whatever we could refining it. A Pacific pipeline has always made so much more sense, given where the oil was probably going to go, that I've always assumed that Harper was afraid of the environmental kickback from his own citizens so he figured he would try to dump that particular negative impact on the Americans, since Americans are so easily gulled by "free market" rhetoric.

    January 18, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. neil

    Obama does not care about the unemployed, security of oil supply, or the largest friendly importer of oil to us. This guy can't decide which side of the bed to get out of in the morning

    January 18, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Larry

    Why is everyone acting like we don't already get most of our oil from canada?

    January 18, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Chinese buy oil from Canada baloney

    January 18, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. CBR

    The President was correct to say no. He was forced to decide this issue even though those in Congress who pushed this idea did not have all the info either. This whole idea has not been reviewed thoroughly. The Canadian Prime Minster knows that offering oil to China is easier said than done. There is a cost involved in transporting this oil.

    January 18, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Bessy

    Who are they kidding ! They are selling it to China and India now. America would not benefit in any way from this pipeline project. It would only provide a few jobs in the short term and then less when it got underway. Obama did the right thing. Of course all the Repubs want it because they get big money from the lobbys to promote this.

    January 18, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Chris

    I don't understand the environmentalists on this, shipping oil from Middle East or South America is much more costly in terms of emissions and the financial cost. There is also a huge risk as we have experienced in the past of spills and environmental catastrophe. Why not prevent these risks and losses and create jobs at the same time? As a Canadian it benefits us and our southern neighbors at the same time, but if it benefits us to deal with the Chinese so be it

    January 18, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. ltnet356

    I guess Obama would rather see us pay muslim's for oil rather than Canada.

    January 18, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |