Saudi Arabia Canada Oil rivalry
Industry

The Saudi Arabia-Canada Oil Rivalry Heads to the Gutter

166

When it comes to nasty campaigns, politicians are usually the main sources. In theory, such tactics shouldn’t work, especially if they’re outrageous in nature, yet many end up doing just that. Using that philosophy as a cornerstone, an advocacy group for Canada’s oil sands offered up a crude marketing attempt that sought to drastically contrast lifestyles in that country and Saudi Arabia.

On July 25, the Canada Oil Sands Community put a poster on multiple social media sites like Facebook and Twitter that shows a stock photo of two women intimately kissing. The copy that was written in conjunction with the photo notes that Canadians find lesbians “hot,” while similar circumstances in Saudi Arabia would put the two women to death.

The poster then disparages the fact that Canada continues to get at least some of its oil from Saudi Arabia and ties in a plea for equality with choosing Canadian oil.

The founder of the organization, Robbie Picard, is an openly gay man who was previously associated with another oil sands organization, I Love Oilsands. However, he left last year to become an independent activist.

Picard’s push is the result of the oil crunch that over the past two years has seen the price of a barrel of oil drop by 50 percent or more. That’s had a severe negative impact on the oil sands that had previously allowed Canada to rank near the top when it comes to oil reserves. While the Saudis have seen profits drop, they continue to make money and have actually increased production.

The poster made by Picard actually resulted in a backlash against him, with other oil sands lobbying groups decrying it as sexist and homophobic. Gay rights groups also deplored the concept, saying that it trivialized their cause.

  • Saudis Russians Oil Production Cut Extension

    Saudis and Russians Come Together on Oil Production Cut Extension

    The three-year slide of oil prices has delivered a major hit to the financial stature of Saudi Arabia, primarily because of their status as the world’s top oil producer. While that title has seemingly fluctuated in the past year with Russia, the economic punch that those two nations provide has the ability to provide an…

  • saudi arabia equtorial guinea economic forum

    Saudi Arabia and Equatorial Guinea Come Together

    During an economic forum in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the West African nation of Equatorial Guinea came to an agreement on May 11 that brings the two countries together on a variety of business projects. One of those is an agreement that will help finance what will be the region’s largest terminal for oil storage….

  • saudi arabia owns largest american oil refinery

    Saudi Arabia Now Fully Owns Largest American Oil Refinery

    Though the impact of Saudi Arabia within the American oil market has been diminished over time, their ability to maintain a very clear presence once again came into focus on May 1. That was when Saudi Aramco, the Kingdom’s state-run oil company, finalized an agreement to take complete control of the largest oil refinery in…