Oil Sands

Through our top trading partner, Canada, the United States has access to the world’s 3rd largest oil reserves. Oil sands are crucial in boosting our economy and helping us reach energy independence.

Through our top trading partner, Canada, the United States has access to the world’s 3rd largest oil reserves—97 percent of which are in oil sands. Receiving more energy from our top ally and stable North American neighbor will help reduce our country’s reliance on energy resources from unfriendly nations.

The U.S. also benefits economically from increased trade with Canada through oil purchases. Right now, the development of Canadian oil sands employs about 80,000 U.S. workers. With greater investment, that number could grow to 600,000 by 2035. Increased development could also pump more than $775 billion into U.S. GDP by 2035.

Regarding the environment, oil sands crude has also been safely transported to U.S. refineries through pipelines for decades. And because the Canadian oil sands crudes we use are processed in the U.S., we can be assured that they are refined under some of the world’s most strict environmental regulations.