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If Cannada and Mexico, and most of the Caribean Islands were made States, and we are still known as THE United States of America. It would still make sense... in fact, the US could make ALL of North, central, and south America, States and then, we would have a true United States of America... ALL OF AMERICA...
Lake Lanier which has about 190 days supply of water remaining. NW Georgia is in the 3 rd year of a 100 years drought. So how long would either lake supply Atlanta? A cubic mile has about 1000 X 10 to the 9th gallons. A trillion gallons. So to answer my own question about Atlanta, about a thousand days. Or say, 3 years. (This disregards rain or snowfall replenishment).
I think it would be a huge mistake to start a war with Canada. Hell, our brothers to the north will probably be the only ones to help us out in the event of a civil war.
signature "It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb."
Third, Canadian patriotism should not be taken lightly.
Originally posted by donwhite
Canada's Alberta oil sands will never be recovered until there is almost no crude oil remaining anywhere. It does not matter if crude goes to $200 a bbl. The relative cost of recovering oil from the sands is so much more than drilling into a pool of oil under the ground or sea floor that it won’t happen.
Same problem obtains with our own Colorado shale oil. Yes, it’s there, but it costs 5 X what crude oil costs to recover from the oil formations. When all the earth’s crude oil has been pumped, then we will shift to Alberta and Colorado, but not before.
[edit on 9/8/2008 by donwhite]
As a result of the development of Canadian oil sands reserves, 44% of Canadian oil production in 2007 was from oil sands,
Are you sure about that, because I would really beg to differ. The oilsands are being mined right now. There is almost a million barrels of oil a day coming out of the plants there. I think you need to do a little bit more research because what you have said is just plain wrong.
The minority Conservative government of Canada, pressured to do more on the environment, announced in its 2007 budget that it will phase out some oil sands tax incentives over coming years.
Currently . . the U.S. imports twenty percent of its oil and refined products from Canada . . Section 526 of the Energy Independence And Security Act prohibits US government agencies from buying oil produced by processes that produce more greenhouse gas emissions than would traditional petroleum including oil sands.[Operative word is “agencies” which is mainly the DoD]. [Bold is my own]. en.wikipedia.org...
. . [at] the current average cost of production of $28 per barrel of bitumen, all of these projects appear likely to be profitable. However, bitumen production costs are rising rapidly, with production cost increases of 55% since 2005 . .
In July  Royal Dutch Shell released its 2006 annual report and announced that its Canadian oil sands unit made an after tax profit of $21.75 per barrel, nearly double its worldwide profit of $12.41 per barrel on conventional crude oil . . en.wikipedia.org...
And to whoever said about Canada during the American Revolution. We weren't a country yet, we were British. Most of the citizens up here were loyal British citizens. Why would they help the enemy of Britain?
Dominion Day, is Canada's national day, a federal statutory holiday, celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North America Act of 1867, which united Canada as a single country of four provinces. The holiday was renamed Canada Day (Fête du Canada) on October 27, 1982. The Statute of Westminster 1931 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (22 & 23 Geo. V c. 4, December 11, 1931) which established a status of legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the British Empire and the United Kingdom . . en.wikipedia.org...
Why would the USA declare war on the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India and dozens of other countries who are all currently their allies? Not to say breaching NATO agreements which would bring the rest of Europe against you? Hmmm, USA v the World. I wonder who would win?