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American sales pitch for oil sands

Most of the debate in Washington concerning oil sands has focused on environmental concerns (“Dirty oil!”) versus energy security and national security ( “Would you rather pay the Canadians or the Saudis?”)

But Jack Gerard, the president of the of American Petroleum Institute, knows exactly what Americans want to hear in light of 9.8% unemployment:

From his speech in Washington:

“Greater oil sands production, from a friendly, nearby neighbor like Canada, could create more than 340,000 newAmerican jobs and economic benefits that could add up to $34 billion to our GDP by 2015.”

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