Canada’s Oil Sands – more than just Gasoline


This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. 

The older our children get the more I feel as though I live in my van.  Every time I turn around it seems I’m running somewhere – school, work, grocery store, swimming lessons, library time, playdates, post office, doctor’s appointments, Starbucks (because Mama needs a good cup of sanity every now and again) the list is endless.   In fact, I spend so much time in there that I keep emergency dental floss in the glove box & a mini “fix it beauty kit” in the console. 

I do my best to keep her fed (fill ‘er up!), washed (sort of) and vacuumed (once in a while, kids are messy – why bother) and Corey keeps my engine humming by doing all that maintenance-y stuff that vehicles require to run.  I count on my van and on the few occasions where she’s showed her attitude and no functioned properly I’ve truly felt stranded, abandoned and slightly panicked.  We are blessed, as are most of us in North America to have not only the luxury of a vehicle for travels from A to B but also an abundance of fuel and resources to keep them moving.   

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Canada is a rich country in so many ways, and the fact that we are so fortunate to live here hasn’t escaped Corey & I.  We have clean water to drink, schools for our children, safe (compared to the rest of the world) streets to walk down & a bevy of natural resources to enjoy, to respect and to use.     

Did you know that Canada is home to the 3rd largest oil reserve in the world, with 97% of it in oil sands or that we are the 5th largest producer of crude oil?  Until recently, I didn’t. 

I also didn’t realize what that truly meant for my family.  When I thought of crude oil & natural gas, I thought of the basics – the fuel in my car, the oil (that Corey says needs to be changed regularly) in my van, the flame in my gas fireplace & the warmth from my furnace.  I knew it contributed to a few other things but to be completely honest, I didn’t know what they were. I just counted on them to be there. 

But what if they weren’t? 

Crude oil plays a bigger part in our lives that I could have even imagined, and without it our world would change, dramatically…. 

In a Canada without crude oil, approx. 550,000 people would be unemployed and Canada’s stock exchange, the TSX would be missing 20% of its value.  Our vehicles wouldn’t have the fuel they need to run, our roads wouldn’t have asphalt & our planes would remain grounded.  Businesses around the country would have bare shelves, missing not only the products brought to them via those transportation methods but also many of the products themselves.   

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Without crude oil many of the items we count on, on a daily basis wouldn’t exist.  Things like crayons, tires, ammonia, DVDs, and eyeglasses all begin with the raw materials produced from crude oil, and without it, we wouldn’t have them. 

It wouldn’t just end there though, each year our communities would suffer in an even bigger way.  Hospitals, schools, roads & social programs would go without massive funding provided by the oil & gas industry in Canada because right now that industry makes payments of $18 billion dollars per year to the government for exactly those things.   That alone would have personally changed our world – what would the hospitals that have cared for our children have been like without that money? 

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Thankfully right now, we are fortunate that we don’t have to live in a Canada without crude oil.  I can still live in my van (rest assured I do come out to bathe)(occasionally), Corey can still ride his motorcycle, Bethany can see through her glasses & Audrey can create masterpieces with her crayons.  You can spend Saturday night, snuggled in front of your gas fireplace with your children watching a DVD and we can all trust that in an emergency there’s a hospital ready & equipped to help us. 

For more information about the Oil Sands industry visit oilsandstoday.ca 

This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. 

 

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