STUDY: The Canadian Oil Sands Energy Security vs. Climate Change (Council on Foreign Relations)

Half a decade of high and volatile oil prices alongside increasingly dire warnings of climatic disaster have pushed energy security and climate change steadily up the U.S. policy agenda. Rhetoric in Washington has emphasized opportunities to deal with both challenges at once. But energy security and climate change do not always align: many impor- tant […]

STUDY: North American Oil Sands – History of Development, Prospects for the Future (CRS)

When it comes to future reliable oil supplies, Canada’s oil sands will likely account for a greater share of U.S. oil imports. Oil sands account for about 46% of Canada’s total oil production and oil sands production is increasing as conventional oil production declines. Since 2004, when a substantial portion of Canada’s oil sands were […]

STUDY: The Role of the Canadian Oil Sands in the US Market (IHS CERA)

A key uncertainty about the future role of the Canadian oil sands is whether the US government will allow production from Canada to expand its reach into the United States. The US Department of State (DoS) is reviewing the application by TransCanada to build a pipeline from alberta, Canada, to the US Gulf Coast. For the […]

STUDY: Comparison of the Corrosivity of Dilbit and Conventional Crude (Alberta Innovates)

Pipeline expansions for the transportation of Canadian crude to refining markets in the United States are currently under regulatory review. The transported oil originates primarily from the Alberta oil sands and consists of diluted bitumen, also referred to as dilbit. Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures completed a project for Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment […]

STUDY: Oil Sands, Greenhouse Gases, and US Oil Supply (IHS CERA)

Transportation fuels produced solely from oil sands result in well-to-wheels life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 5 to 15 percent higher than the average crude refined in the United States. Well-to-wheels emissions include those produced during crude oil extraction, processing, distribution, and combustion in an engine. Many analyses of oil sands GHG emissions focus on emissions […]

STUDY: Keystone XL Pipeline Project, Key Issues (CRS)

Canadian pipeline company TransCanada has filed an application with the U.S. Department of State to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude oil from the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the United States. Keystone XL would have the capacity to transport 700,000 barrels per day, delivering crude oil to […]