By Michelle Arrouas
The Canadians might not be allowed to build a pipeline going south to the Texas Gulf Coast, so now they're determined to build one going west to the Canadian Pacific Coast.
After President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline last month, the conservative Canadian government has begun looking for another potential buyer for the oil that was intended for the pipeline. That buyer is China, the energy-craving economic giant that's already invested more than $16 billion dollars in the Canadian oil industry in the last two years.
Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper went to China Tuesday with a delegation of 40 Canadian business leaders to discuss energy.
In a word: PIPELINE.
Among members of the Texas congressional, there's regret and disappointment that the oil intended for the U.S. may now be purchased by China.
Rep. John Culberson is angry that Canada has been "driven into the arms of the Chinese."
"It's outrageous and unacceptable to drive our friends the Canadians into the arms of China," Rep. John Culberson, a Houston Republican, told Texas on the Potomac. "Next to our national debt, the communist Chinese government is the biggest threat to American national security in the 21st century."
Culberson blamed the Democratic administration for the latest twist in U.S.-Canadian relations.
"President Obama has once again strengthened the Chinese, weakened the United States and driven one of our best friends into the arm of our worst enemy," he said.
Culberson isn't the only Texan lawmaker who is sad and angry to see the Canadian oil going to China instead of United States.
"It means that we have to import from Saudi Arabia and other countries that may not be nearly as friendly toward the United States as Canada. It makes so much more sense to import from our Canadian ally," Rep. Gene Green, the Democrat from Houston.
The Republican majority in the House of Representatives is still trying to make the pipeline happen through legislation that Green recognizes "probably hasn't got a chance to pass through the Senate."