How about stretching our 4th of July fireworks fuse a bit by adding a belated congrats to our "true north" Canadian colleagues on the commemoration of their own Canadian birthday, which comes 3 days before ours.
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During this period of global economic turbulence, it is astute for America to remind its friends how much they are valued and to refer to their shared history. It's a diplomatic retention strategy.
If more people understood the conditions on the ground in Northern Alberta, the outcry against this dirtiest of fossil fuels would be a lot harder to ignore.
Now is the time to focus on a new approach to energy, one that includes smart grids and electric cars. Business as usual is just not going to work. A good crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
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