Canada’s oil and gas industry has been in the spotlight for many years, but not because it has been named the top oil producer in the world or is now the third largest LNG exporter (headlines which are true for the USA).
Rather, the spotlight has been the result of a decade-long effort to block Canadian energy from reaching global markets called the Tar Sands Campaign.
It aims “…to land-lock the tar sands so their crude could not reach the international market where it could fetch a high price per barrel.”
CorpEthics goes on to say that “This strategy is successful to this day. All the proposed pipelines in Canada have effectively been blocked.”
(Note: CorpEthics has since changed the original version of its Tar Sands Campaign page quoted above, after the CBC aired a segment on Wendey Mesley's The Weekly in early 2019).
United States Oil Production is Booming
More than a decade since this campaign started the United States has now doubled its oil production and is now the world’s top oil producer.
In fact, 2018 was a record year for the U.S. with an average of 5.6 million barrels of petroleum product exports a day. The country also accounted for 98% of global oil production growth the same year.
The U.S. knows that global oil and natural gas demand are growing and will grow for many years to come. So why wouldn’t they build several pipelines from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast, or begin construction on several new LNG export terminals?
Just look to the economic benefits that some regions of the United States are experiencing as a result of the shale oil and gas boom in the USA.
Meanwhile, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts the USA to account for more than half of the world's increased oil production by 2025 and become one of the leading global exporters in the process.
Global Oil Market is Growing - With or Without Canada
What the Tar Sands Campaign and its huge umbrella of organizations have failed to mention in every assault they have made on Canada’s oil and gas sector is that global demand for oil is growing.
Not just this year, or the next, but for decades to come.
They fail to mention that if not from Canada the world will still get its oil from somewhere, likely from a less environmentally responsible producer. That means more harm to the global environment.
For example, of the world’s oil nations, only 10.5% of global crude oil production is subject to carbon pricing – around nearly half of which comes from Canada.
Furthermore, greenhouse gas emissions intensity for new projects in the oilsands are now equal to or lower than that for the average barrel of crude produced globally.
Meanwhile, oil sands producers are making substantial efforts to continually reduce their greenhouse gas emissions intensity and water usage.
They must fully reclaim any disturbed land back to its original state. These companies also spend by far the most on clean technology and environmental initiatives in Canada. Also see:
You would think that with such responsible resource development in comparison to most of the world’s other top oil exporters that Canada would be a preferred supplier.
Well, according to a recent Global Pulse Survey by Ipsos, it is!
But Canada is limited from filling that role by its energy infrastructure - or lack thereof. Despite growing global demand for oil, it doesn’t have the access it needs for oil exports to international markets like it should.
With or without Canadian participation in the global market, oil demand will continue to grow for decades to come.
Global Oil Demand is Growing: 10 Infographics
The next time you hear a protestor say that the world doesn’t need any new oil projects or production, think again. Oil demand is growing, and Canada should be the world’s choice supplier for as much market share as possible.
Here are several infographics showing you some of the most recent oil demand predictions from some of the world’s most respected energy outlooks.
China's Oil Imports: 2018
In 2018, China imported more than 11 million barrels of oil per day, up by 7.8% year-over-year (BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2019)
China's Growing Oil Demand: 2040
China is one country that's leading global growth in oil demand. Between 2017 and 2040, its oil demand is projected to increase by 18% (BP Energy Outlook 2019)
India's Oil Imports: 2018
India imported more than 5.2 million barrels of oil a day in 2018, an increase of 5.6% when compared to 2017 (BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2019)
India's Growing Oil Demand: 2040
India and China are projected to lead the world for oil demand over the next two decades. Between 2017 and 2040, India's oil demand is projected to increase by 101% (BP Energy Outlook 2019)
European Oil Imports: 2018
In 2018, Europe imported more than 15.1 million barrels of oil per day, an increase of approximately 2.7% compared to 2017 (BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2019)
Global Oil Demand by 2040
Between 2017 and 2040, global demand for petroleum is expected to increase by 10% (IEA, World Energy Outlook 2018)
Global Oil Demand: 2020
In 2020, global oil demand is expected to increase by 1.3 million barrels per day by the time the year is over (IEA, CNBC)
Global Oil Demand: 2017-2023
Between 2017 and 2023, global demand for oil is expected to grow by 6.9 million barrels per day (IEA, World Energy Outlook 2018).
Oil Demand Growth: Keystone XL
Since the Keystone XL pipeline was first delayed, global oil demand has increased by more than 10 million barrels per day (BP Statistical Review of World Energy)
U.S. Petroleum Exports Set Record in 2018
U.S. exports of total petroleum products set a record high in 2018, averaging 5.6 million barrels per day (EIA)
The World Needs More Canadian Energy
While the United States and every other top oil exporting nation in the world looks to capitalize on growing demand for oil and natural gas, Canada lags behind.
As one of the most environmentally responsible, transparent and regulated petroleum producers on the planet, we all should want more Canadian energy on the international market place.
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