In a recent op-ed in the Argus Leader, John Duff Erickson, professor emeritus at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, makes a strong case for continuing the development of Canadian oil sands. He notes that Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the United States, and Canadian oil is helping to bolster U.S. energy security.
Mr. Erickson also expresses his concern about a coalition's efforts to stop the use of oil sands-derived crude oil in the United States. He says the coalition is arguing that oil sands production is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions:
"It would be folly to halt oil sands production and the construction of pipelines that would carry Canadian oil to U.S. markets. Oil sands development accounts for less than 1 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissio... more »