If you live in the Northeast, there’s a good chance that at least some of the time your life is running on Canadian electricity. Canada also provides a growing chunk of American petroleum imports — about as much as Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined.
Canada’s energy industry says their exports are an “ethical” alternative to oil from the Middle East, and from other parts of the world where environmental laws are far less stringent.
But many green groups say Canada is paying far too high a price in environmental degradation, with the flooding of vast river valleys for hydro power in northern Quebec, and the sprawling tar sands development in Alberta.
The latest flashpoint is the Keystone XL pipeline, which would accelerate oil imports from our northern neighbor.
So what do you think? Is this a good relationship? Is the price too high? If so, what are the alternatives? As always, your comments welcome.