The Corner

Today’s Questions for the President

During your bus tour of the Midwest, you blamed the poor economy on, among other things, Arab Spring uprisings and oil prices.

We import approximately 65 percent of our oil. It’s estimated that the U.S. has up to 2 trillion barrels of oil-equivalent in shale rock deposits — nearly five times the stated oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. Yet your administration has stymied or canceled the development of oil shale leases.

China imports approximately 50 percent of its oil. It’s estimated that Canada has up to 2.2 trillion barrels of oil-equivalent in oil sand deposits. China has invested billions in Canada to access that oil.

Why is China more aggressive in developing North American oil resources than your administration? 

What, if any, national-security implications has your administration identified related to China’s investment in Canadian oil sands?

How many windmills need to be built to equal the energy produced by 2 trillion barrels of oil? 

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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