"Is Canadian oil suddenly less ethical, " she asks, "when it's produced and used by unethical countries?"
No! she answers, it's still ethical!
You're shocked, I'm sure.
Meanwhile, over at the Christian Science Monitor :
"The whole notion of ethical oil sets up a false dilemma because the very viscous Canadian crude needs to be cut with lighter oils from places like Saudi Arabia in order to be transported down a pipeline, says Chris MacDonald, a visiting scholar for the Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics at the University of Toronto.
"So what's the point of having ethical oil if you are mixing it with this 'conflict oil'?"Andrew Nikiforuk @ The Tyee :
"By 2025, for example Canada could be importing more than two million barrels of foreign or so-called "unethical" oil a day, just to transport bitumen to U.S. refineries."The problem of adding imported diluents to tarsands crude is of considerable concern to CAPP, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says Nikiforuk. Seems foreign diluents could be subject to US country-of-origin duty charges both when it is imported into Canada from non-NAFTA sources via US ports, and again when it is shipped from Canada back to US refineries.
CAPP, November 2010 : Rethinking NAFTA Certification of Canadian Heavy Crude Oil
- After 2005 regional condensate/pentanes + supply was no longer sufficient to satisfy diluent needs
- This has led to a rapid increase in diluent imports
- Initially, diluent imports were small and were sourced from the U.S.
- With development of the EnCana/Cenovus Kitimat terminal, non-NAFTA diluent began entering the western Canadian diluent pool
- Export to U.S. of Dilbit and Diluted Heavy Crude in 2009 – 970,000 BPD
- Export to U.S. of Light Crude in 2009 - 300,000 BPD
- If U.S. duty were charged on both streams, annual cost to industry - $30,000,000
When former Ethical Oil spokesy Alykhan Velshi slagged Saudi Arabia's human rights record in a 30 second ad which resulted in Saudi cease and desist lawyery letters sent to CTV/Bell Media, Velshi's former boss Immigration Minister Jason Kenney leapt to his defence, and Dame Ezra, author of Ethical Oil : The Book and The Website, milked the speechey hell out of it over at SunTV.
This time I'm betting Steve is thinking : Just STFU about ethics, Kathryn, we're trying to do a deal here.
Tune in next week when Kathryn considers whether it's ok for ethical oil to steal a loaf of bread to feed a hungry child ...