MYTH: We don’t need the oil sands because American imports of oil are decreasing.
FACT: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. crude oil imports did in fact fall in 2011 as a result of higher domestic oil production and decreased consumption of refined products. However, EIA projects that oil and other liquid fuels will still make up more than 30 percent of our energy consumption into 2035. Canada will play a key role in satisfying our demand for oil. IHS CERA predicts that Canada could potentially account for as much as 36 percent of U.S. oil imports by 2030 – far more than any other foreign supplier.
 EIA, “Today In Energy,” 19 March 2012
 EIA, “AEO 2011,” 26 Dec 2010
 IHS CERA, The Role of Canadian Oil Sands in US Oil Supply, May 2010