Canada is the Solution for America’s Energy Security

Canada is the solution for America’s energy security.

Global events are shining a light on the importance of energy security for the United States. Canada’s oil is trusted oil. And a study of major oil producing nations recognizes Canada as a clear, indisputable leader in environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.


Canada should be the preferred choice for energy supply to the United States. If not Canada, who are you entrusting your country’s energy security to?


Canadian oil sands project

Why should America choose Canadian energy?

Experts agree that even with the most aggressive push for renewable energy the transition to a low-carbon economy is decades away. In the meantime, the United States continues to require oil to power the nation. And when America chooses Canadian oil, it helps provide reliable, responsible, and affordable energy that is committed to environmental excellence.

Canada’s oil and gas sector invests more than $1 billion per year in research and development to make production more environmentally friendly. Canada’s investments in cleaner oil production outpace the rest of the world and over the last 10 years have consistently reduced the emissions per barrel (also known as the “emissions intensity”).

Canadian oil is produced under strict environmental and social standards.

In 2021, the United States imported over 245 million barrels of oil and products from Russia and now its energy supply is at risk. The ban of Russian oil by countries around the world has meant a surge in gas prices. Importing more oil from Canada would improve America’s energy security in the long run.


Canada’s oil is produced under some of the world’s highest safety and environmental laws. In fact, a study of major oil producing nations recognises Canada as the undisputable leader in environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. Other countries currently supplying the U.S. with oil include Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, and Mexico.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Imports by Country of Origin, 2021

Transitioning to a low carbon future will be led by the energy industry.

Today less than 12% of all U.S. energy demand is met by renewable energy. Meanwhile 69% of energy needs are met by oil and gas. Although renewables supply is expected to grow over the next 30 years, overall demand for energy is expected to increase well beyond renewable growth, continuing the trend of high demand for oil and gas.


As renewable supply grows over the coming decades, it will absorb share from less environmentally sustainable energy sources like coal, but overall demand for oil and gas is projected to remain about the same. That’s why it’s important that the oil supply shipped into the U.S. should be produced as responsibly as possible.


In the oil sands, where most of Canada’s oil comes from, producers are outpacing the world in their work to reduce emissions. So far, they have been successful in reducing emissions per barrel, and analysts expect that total emissions will start to go down in the next five years.


Major oil sands producers have jointly committed to decade-by-decade targets to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Source: EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2022

Take action today and secure responsible energy for the future.

If you think the U.S. should work more closely with Canada to develop a long-term and secure source of energy that will be required for decades to come, we encourage you to reach out to your member of congress and let them know your concern.


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The United States needs secure and responsible energy supply. Look no further than Canada. After all, not all oil is created equal.

Canadian Oil Sands Worker Walking Through Constructed Wetland Reclamation Project

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