Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire, and daughter Ella-Grace wave as they board a government plane in Ottawa, Monday August 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld No kids,

Trudeau Hints Canada Ready to Replace Russian Fossil Fuel Imports

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart; So long as everybody continues to agree Justin Trudeau is a green leader, Canada has strongly hinted they will be upscaling capacity to provide an alternative to Russia.

Trudeau pledges support for European nations to move away from Russian energy 

‘We will be there to support, as the world moves beyond Russian oil and indeed, beyond fossil fuels, to have more renewables in our mix’ 

Author of the article: Ryan Tumilty
Publishing date:Mar 07, 2022

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of the U.K. and the Netherlands agreed Russia is no longer a reliable supplier of oil and gas, but Europe can’t yet shut off the taps and Trudeau was vague about how much Canada can deliver as a replacement.

Trudeau met with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in London Monday, as he begins a week-long trip to meet with European leaders. Canada, which imports a negligible amount of Russian oil and gas, banned imports last week.

Rutte said in the short term a ban simply isn’t possible for his country or many in Europe.

“We have to ensure that they don’t generate unmanageable risks to energy supplies in Europe, European countries and beyond, including Ukraine,” he said, speaking at a joint press conference with the three leaders in London. “The painful reality is that we are still very much dependent on Russian gas and Russian oil.”

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Now we know what Trudeau plans to do with all that tar sands oil – export it to his eco-warrior friends in Europe.

In my opinion Trudeau’s commitment to green principles is a bit like his commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. As Trudeau once helpfully explained, “No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and leave them there”.

I hope none of this triggers any of you to question Trudeau’s green credentials. After all, Canadian tar sands oil is not evil fossil fuel, it is well intentioned fossil fuel, a temporary transition measure until the windmills are ready.

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March 9, 2022 10:03 am

These people are insane. That’s it, they’re insane.

Reply to  FrozenOhio
March 9, 2022 10:04 am

This ^

Reply to  FrozenOhio
March 9, 2022 1:41 pm

Or just drunk with power.

Reply to  FrozenOhio
March 9, 2022 1:47 pm

You are too kind.

Reply to  FrozenOhio
March 10, 2022 5:51 am

It is the oppulence of the political 1% ; They are the people they tell us they detest – ironically, those who don’t pay their “fair share”. They have never experienced any semblance of the life most of us must endure. They have never worried about gas in the tank, food, utilities, clothing, the basics we agonize over providing for our families. It is approaching a time where someone might consider establishing a guillotine sales and rental franchise.

Mumbles McGuirck
March 9, 2022 10:06 am

I am sorry, but Biden’s new policy is to buy fuel only from evil dictators. Oh, wait….

Climate believer
March 9, 2022 10:08 am

OMG has he adopted a Greta look alike child?

Reply to  Climate believer
March 9, 2022 11:39 am

That is Greta. The original was kidnapped and is being held on a sailboat somewhere.

Bryan A
Reply to  ResourceGuy
March 9, 2022 3:18 pm

I heard they were anchored off the Cape of Lost Hope
Half way between the Bay of Desperation and the Archipelago of Self Loathing

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Reply to  Climate believer
March 9, 2022 1:48 pm

From stories I’ve heard, I assumed it was his wife.

Reply to  Climate believer
March 9, 2022 9:18 pm

How dare you!

John Hultquist
March 9, 2022 10:11 am

Cleaning up the Canadian Prairies seems like a good idea.

Mumbles McGuirck
March 9, 2022 10:12 am

After all, Canadian tar sands oil is not evil fossil fuel, it is well intentioned fossil fuel

Plus, Canadian fossil fuels must be shipped across an ocean to get to European power stations. That just adds to the well-intentioned carbon footprint.

Darcy from Calgary
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
March 9, 2022 12:13 pm

If only Trudeau and eastern politicians hadn’t cancelled the proposed pipeline from Alberta to eastern Canadian refineries.

Reply to  Darcy from Calgary
March 9, 2022 3:08 pm

I seem to remember that Quebec would not play ball even after a train carrying crude crashed through a town.

Reply to  Fran
March 9, 2022 5:29 pm

I proposed that they ship the oil down the St. Lawrence Seaway on old leaky tankers which stop at every Quebec city for a week on the trip.

All the time they are stopped run their engines to produce as much air pollution as possible.

Also sound their horns every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
March 9, 2022 9:02 pm

First of all, Trudeau said Sep 2021 in Granby Quebec during the federal election “No new oilsands projects” As my Ukrainian Baba said many yrs ago “The tongue has no bone, it can flop anyway you want” As well Trudeau’s Govt brought in Bill C69 which has stopped any new oilsands projects. However, Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world. Canada doesn’t have to ship oil to the Europe to increase world supply and reduce price. Canada could send more oil to the USA and Asia therefore freeing up more Middle East oil to go to Europe.
Will leave for another day Venezuela & Iran oil production.

March 9, 2022 10:13 am

“Trudeau was vague about how much Canada can deliver as a replacement.”

None. We can deliver none as a replacement. Trudeau (along with some provincial leaders) has been working steadily to shut down Canada’s fossil fuel industries. We’re importing foreign oil into Canada rather than burn our own. Apparently burning foreign oil is emissions free.

Reply to  Art
March 9, 2022 11:06 am

Yes we are importing oil, primarily to the East coast because Quebec won’t allow a pipeline to go through and look what happened when we shipped oil by rail to New Brunswick via Lac Megantic.

Reply to  Art
March 9, 2022 11:16 am

To grow Alberta oilsands production, we must bring back the income tax and royalty changes that I initiated decades ago – 100% CCA rate and 25% DNP Royalty with a 1% gross minimum until payout. The federal Libs and NDP (the treasonous Left) killed the tax changes and Premier Ed Stelmach (idiot Conservative) ruined the Royalty agreement. The Stelmach sliding scale Royalty (increasing Royalty % with increased oil price) sterilized oil sands growth due to inflation. Destructive moves all around.
Atmospheric CO2 is still increasing, in a now-cooling world – one more disproof of the CAGW hypo. I predicted the current climate and energy debacle in 2002. Told you so 20 years ago.
It is impossible to believe that rational politicians could be this wrong for this long. The Left
are traitors, deliberately sabotaging North American energy production based on the frauds of CO2-driven catastrophic warming and intermittent, diffuse green energy schemes (scams).
We also need more export pipeline capacity to the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf Coasts – as a National Strategic Priority, with stiff jail sentences for those who delay, including corrupted leftist judges. We’ve been played for more than a decade by extremist anti-pipeline activists, who have gamed the system and abused the environmental process for political objectives.

Reply to  Art
March 9, 2022 11:39 am

However, I doubt that Trudeau is sincere about growing Alberta oil sands production – he has been dedicated to solving our vital energy needs with “unicorns” – grid connected wind and solar power that never worked efficiently or effectively – as I published twenty years ago.
Catastrophic Global Warming (CAGW) alarmism and grid-connected Green Energy schemes have always been supported by two groups – scoundrels, who know it’s a huge scam, and imbeciles, who believe in it

Reply to  Art
March 9, 2022 1:07 pm

Canada is a net exporter of oil. Shipped over 4 million barrels/day last year to U.S.

Trudeau supported the Keystone pipeline cancelled by Biden (and by Obama). Trudeau also rescued the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion that will increase its capacity by about 600,000 barrels by day when completed next year.

The Energy East pipeline was killed by Quebec politicians and the Federal regulators.

Reply to  Alastair
March 9, 2022 1:43 pm

Interprovincial pipelines are a federal jurisdiction. Quebec opposed Energy East but could not stop it. Trudeau did. Trudeau also banned tankers off the BC north coast and killed the northern gateway pipeline that would have exported oil to Asia and the world. He established new environmental blocks for new pipeline construction that makes any new major pipeline impossible. He requires that environmental assessments take into account the amount of global warming that will result from the burning of our oil but NOT for imported oil. We have enough oil to supply all of Canada and still export more than we do now.

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Reply to  Alastair
March 9, 2022 1:55 pm

I doubt that Trudeau’s motives in buying the T-M pipeline duplication project were to expedite its completion and use.
More likely to use taxpayer funds to cotton-ball it as long as possible.

Look at how many protests have shut down work since the government acquired the project, and haven’t been resolutely investigated and/or prosecuted.

Considering the $$$ additional costs & losses to national revenue all these protests / vandalism are continually causing, you would think that the guy who invoked the most powerful state force (Emergency Act) to remove & detain protestors would have jumped on the T-M vandals with both boots long ago.

However . . .

Bob Hunter
Reply to  Alastair
March 9, 2022 9:06 pm

Trudeau publicly said he supported XL pipeline but behind closed doors was a different attitude. If one needs any proof, look at what he did to ensure Enbridge 5 pipeline remains operating vs what he did for XL.

David Elstrom
March 9, 2022 10:14 am

Even a tyrannical, smarmy, Mammy singer PM knows that he shouldn’t eliminate Russian oil imports without using the opportunity to expand his country’s oil industry. This makes the absolute hatred of Prez Dimwit and his puppeteers toward normal Americans (the people who actually produce and deliver oil and gas products) all the more obvious. They keep their boots on our industry and actually revel in higher energy prices that stick it to the “rabble,” the “bitter clingers,” and the “Deplorables.”

March 9, 2022 10:15 am

This is a joke right – kinda like Trudeau – ok actually like Trudeau. Canada can’t help anybody, including itself. Trudeau’s policies have so decimated the oil industry here it can’t transport more oil to anywhere that it can be shipped out – either by land or sea. Trudeau is a complete buffon, well, actually he also models loud socks, and does a reasonable job of that.

Bryan A
Reply to  Terry
March 9, 2022 3:23 pm

Soooo a Buffoon in Clown Sox?

Bruce Cobb
March 9, 2022 10:16 am

Just slap a “green” label on it. Good to go.

March 9, 2022 10:19 am

Really? Vlad’s cuck is going to be disobedient? And people actually believe him? Wow. Okely dokely, then.

jeffery p
March 9, 2022 10:26 am

Let’s be honest — while stopping Russian oil imports is the right thing to do, it won’t defund Putin. The oil Canada, the US, the UK, et al, don’t buy will be purchased somewhere else.

We need comprehensive international sanctions against Russian oil, gas and other petroleum or petroleum-based products. These take time to implement. We have similar sanctions against Venezuela and they work.

Reply to  jeffery p
March 9, 2022 11:50 am

It depends on the crude oil storage capacity at China’s new super refineries that were financed in part by the West.

Richard Page
Reply to  jeffery p
March 9, 2022 12:24 pm

The USA does have sanctions against Venezuela, which Maduro found ridiculously easy to sidestep with his friends in Moscow. Venezuela ships it’s oil to Russia as ‘payment’ for a ‘debt’ then Russia legally sells oil to the rest of the world. Chances are that some of the oil Russia has been selling to the USA comes in part from Venezuela and something similar will happen with Russia. Oil is just to valuable to sanction effectively.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  Richard Page
March 9, 2022 9:15 pm

Venezuela oil exports are approx 15% of what they were and were dwindling before the sanctions due to Maduro’s incompetence. ie he wasn’t paying the bills so the foreign oil companies were shutting down production. And they Venezuela doesn’t have the technical skills to explore and produce oil.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  jeffery p
March 9, 2022 2:21 pm

What is damaging for Russia is what they can no longer import that they need. That is in reality not a great deal. They are obviously self sufficient in energy, almost self sufficient in food (and what the import is mainly luxury – fruit and nuts). They have imported Western designed cars, trucks and JCBs and aircraft, and a chunk of pharmaceuticals. Plenty of luxury goods and branded clothing. But little of this is essential. It’s far from clear that they need to sell large amounts of oil and gas for Western hard currency in order to survive. That’s a rather different picture in comparison with Venezuela or Iran. Dollars and Euros have limited use for Russia right now. Sanctions on exports to Russia see to that.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  jeffery p
March 9, 2022 9:12 pm

All depends on China. China and North Korea could absorb all Russia’s oil exports and reduce their imports from other countries. Same with Russia’s coal and natural gas. ie if China doesn’t buy into Russia sanctions, the sanctions won’t work.

March 9, 2022 10:29 am

The new western world . Never take care of your won people when you can help others. Green is going to destroy our world and what we say is meaningless to our leaders. So how can we make this madness stop Captain Ron

March 9, 2022 10:32 am

But is is so virtuous.

Could it be that all of this talk about producing more oil, right away, is designed to fool the stock markets and investors into calming down, since our leaders said it would be OK?

Bruce Cobb
March 9, 2022 10:32 am

Oh well, it’s the thought that counts.

March 9, 2022 10:34 am
March 9, 2022 10:43 am

Biden wants to buy crude oil from Iran and Venezuela, but kills supplies from Canada and the US.
It reveals how much the Left hates ordinary markets and freedoms in both countries.

Reply to  Bob Hoye
March 9, 2022 11:09 am

Well he hasn’t exactly killed supplies from Canada, just have to continue to ship by rail and truck, much less efficient and more likely for spills. I witness daily the trains of crude heading across the border in our prairie town and we’re not even a major crossing point for it.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  Tomsa
March 9, 2022 9:23 pm

I assume when you say ‘efficient’ you also mean expensive. Railway is maybe 3 to 4 times as expensive as a pipeline. As well, the railways capacity to ship XL pipeline 830k bbls per day. A typical railway car contains approx 700 bbls of oil. That would be 1130 railway cars per day, then they have to return empty.

jeffery p
Reply to  Bob Hoye
March 9, 2022 11:39 am

We have sanctions on Iran but will lift them as soon as Brandon gets a new deal that pretends to keep the mullahs from developing nuclear weapons. Guess who is brokering the deal (and I’m not making this up) — Russia!

Meanwhile, Venezuela, a country that would have to upgrade to be considered a shitehole, is chomping at the bit to get the sanctions lifted on them. Imagine buying oil from a dictatorship where citizens have no rights instead of buying from Russia.

If only North Korea had oil we could buy!

March 9, 2022 10:48 am

Wait — what? More fossil fuels? I thought Tru-duh was supposed to be the world leader of the green-police. Shouldn’t he be offering to ship out more pinwheel blades instead?

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Rud Istvan
March 9, 2022 10:54 am

Trudope conveniently forgets that the Energy East pipeline which would have enabled European supply from western Canada was canceled on HIS watch in 2016 after having finished the Canadian permitting process under his predecessor Harper.

R Mitchell
March 9, 2022 11:09 am

Wow what a fantastic gesture (he’s very good at gestures, not so much actions)! Canada has not imported any Russian oil since 2019, but hey, he says all the politically correct and woke things.

March 9, 2022 11:41 am

Maybe they can ship dual cargoes with wood pellets to burn and return with smoldering EVs in the hold.

March 9, 2022 11:44 am

Oh, and I thought Canada’s main contribution to the cause was resettlement of Ukrainian refugees to go along with Afghans, Iranians, and Venezuelans.

March 9, 2022 11:46 am

Just don’t dare try and slip it across the Hillary line at the U.S. border. You can ship it through the Arctic seas or circumnavigate the globe but not cross the Hillary line.

Edward Sager
March 9, 2022 11:48 am

Trudeau’s promises aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  Edward Sager
March 9, 2022 9:24 pm

True Trudeau’s promises aren’t worth a …. However, if you read closely to what he said, he never made a promise.

March 9, 2022 11:54 am

Is he “green” as in naive, or “green” as in blowing CO2, or “green” as in Grinch?

Elle Webber
Reply to  n.n
March 9, 2022 12:38 pm

Not green naive. But the others. He’s not an intelligent man. (I read humans get their intelligence genes from their mothers. God’s little joke on men. Obviously true for Justin.) But he chooses the wrong or evil path so unerringly that it can’t be due to mere naivety.

Kevin McNeill
March 9, 2022 12:01 pm

The man is a cockwomble, great Scottish word, look it up, I use it at every opportunity with this weasel.

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Reply to  Kevin McNeill
March 10, 2022 6:52 am

Accurate: cockwomble — “A completely useless individual that spouts continual bullsh*t”

Keith Harrison
March 9, 2022 12:23 pm

First thing to get straight Eric is that is no tar in the oilsands. You been reading too much eco-propaganda.

And as Trudeau said today, he is hoping one day to send hydrogen to Germany presumably by a pipeline across the country from Alberta to the east coast, a distance of 4800 kms, a pipeline that does not exist. Given environmental reviews that would be in about 10 years. But who would pay for it? No rational company would go near it without absolute government backing from a federal government, indigenous nations and 7 provincial governments.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Keith Harrison
March 9, 2022 2:11 pm

KH, close but not quite correct. The Athabasca ‘oil sands’ are technically bitumens with API viscosity between 6 and 8, containing about 18-20% true asphaltenes (tars). So very tarry albeit 80% not true tar. To flow in pipelines they have to have a diluent added. And to be usefully refined for gasoline, diesel, and jet kerosene they also have to first be hydrogenated from steam reformed natural gas. Researched it for ebook Gaia’s Limits, because needed to answer the question about recoverable reserves equivalent to conventional crude. Answer is about 20% using SAGD for that which is not strip mineable.

Reply to  Keith Harrison
March 10, 2022 6:55 am

And as Trudeau said today, he is hoping one day to send hydrogen to Germany

And then send it over the Atlantic by dirigible. What could go wrong w/that…

March 9, 2022 1:09 pm

Using the tar sands is like doing a massive oil spill cleanup. Is that so bad?

Reply to  BallBounces
March 9, 2022 2:07 pm

My understanding of this resource is that it is a gift from nature – crude oil that bubbles up to the earth’s surface ready for mankind to dredge it up, separate the oil from the sand it has soaked through, and send off to be refined and used.

March 9, 2022 1:27 pm

Not to worry, Granholm will take care us. Yikes!

March 9, 2022 1:52 pm

Am I right in thinking that Trudeau used the same descriptive name for the truckers before declaring a state of emergency as Putin used as his excuse for invading Ukraine?

March 9, 2022 2:15 pm

Trudeau said Canada is committing “to have more renewables in our mix”. Today, our Environment Minister explained Canada will be producing hydrogen and shipping hydrogen to Europe. When pressed on why not natural gas, his explanation was that the LNG transportation and terminals infrastructure would take too long to get in place.

No, none of the above is satire or parody.

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Andy Pattullo
March 9, 2022 3:31 pm

Every time Justin has a thought the global IQ falls a point. Every time he gives his “honest” thoughts his nose grows. Every time he tries to help we suffer. Every time he is left unsupervised disaster follows. He wanted to be influential and now he can say that, at least in one respect, he succeeded. He joins the club of many past leaders who were ignorant, misguided, mentally unstable or just plain cruel.

Gord in Calgary
March 9, 2022 3:36 pm

In Justin-speak, saying we support you, means we can (will) do nothing to help you, but it makes a good photo-op for the Liberal news back home. As others have said, Canada has no export capacity on the East coast and very minimal offshore production. Additional Canadian oil supply is limited to what is available in Western Canada and what there is, would need to transit through existing pipelines or trains to the US gulf coast for export.

March 9, 2022 6:18 pm

Trudeau was part of the reason Putin invaded. He saw weakness everywhere and still does. That is comparable to Imperial Japan and Germany in the 1930s seeing America as only good for making home appliances and other consumer goods. We don’t even make stuff this time around.

March 10, 2022 4:57 am

but Europe can’t yet shut off the taps and Trudeau was vague about how much Canada can deliver as a replacement.”

Vague“; A word that describes trudeau extremely well.
After all of his efforts to demonize fossil fuels, he vaguely pledges to send fossil fuel to Europe and UK. Right…

“Trudeau met with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in London Monday, as he begins a week-long trip to meet with European leaders. Canada, which imports a negligible amount of Russian oil and gas, banned imports last week.”

Canada “imports a negligible amount of Russian oil and gas“, yet trudeau vaguely bans oil and gas his country is importing?
A recipe to drive up fossil fuel prices causing Canadians to freeze.

trudeau imitates Biden’s ignorance on how his country functions.

Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
March 10, 2022 5:42 am

The term “tar sands” is a pejorative used by eco-radicals. Bitumen is the correct term, as there is no tar in these “tar sands”.

Eyes Wide Open
March 10, 2022 6:32 am

Our Canadian Prime Minister is a sorry excuse for s human being . . .

March 10, 2022 9:53 am

It can’t be exported to Europe. It’s landlocked due to all the pipeline projects Emperor Trudeau has sabotaged.

Edward Sager
March 10, 2022 3:46 pm

The only thing Trudeau has to contribute is hot air. His promises aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit.

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