US saw benefit of oil sands going nuclear: cable

A leaked 2003 US embassy cable shows that the Americans saw potential economic benefits when Canada was considering using nuclear power to extract crude from Alberta's oil sands rather than natural gas, iPolitics reported. The cable speculates that if Canada were to switch to nuclear power it would present an opportunity to free up significant amounts of Canada's natural gas for US markets. Then-US ambassador Paul Cellucci noted in the cable the final decision would be political because Western Canada has no exposure to nuclear industries, being more familiar with fossil fuels.

Published: Wednesday, 08/31/2011 12:00 am EDT

A leaked 2003 US embassy cable shows that the Americans saw potential economic benefits when Canada was considering using nuclear power to extract crude from Alberta's oil sands rather than natural gas, iPolitics reported. The cable speculates that if Canada were to switch to nuclear power it would present an opportunity to free up significant amounts of Canada's natural gas for US markets. Then-US ambassador Paul Cellucci noted in the cable the final decision would be political because Western Canada has no exposure to nuclear industries, being more familiar with fossil fuels.

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