I much prefer my spin on the story (and boy has there been a lot of uninformed spin in this thread):
Obama, President of the United States phones Stephen Harper, Supreme Ruler in his own mind, and informs him that ‘Keystone is a no-go’.
Harper in a ‘smoke coming out of the ears’ fit of rage (and genuine concern for what the Koch brothers will say) directs Trade Minister Ed Fast to invoke the Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act.
The Canadian government by invoking FEMA shoots a powerful warning shot across the bow of the American economic juggernaut (free trade forever!]. Ed Fast thereby saves Canada and sets up Harper to be defender of our sovereignty and free trade.
Problem: The Americans giggle. The Alaskans giggle and say they are taking their toys and going home until after the fall elections (Canadian) when the environment will hopefully be better: hint, hint. The Koch brothers announce their budget of close to a billion dollar to influence upcoming elections (U.S.) – and quickly downsize their Canadian contributions proportionally based on their potential loss in the tar sands).
The pro-Conservative intellectual crowd – recognizing a potential embarrassment blame Cullen. Cullen yawns. Jennifer Rice giggles and yawns.
Harper, not making waves saving Canadian sovereignty looks elsewhere and tries to save Iraq sovereignty.
And the conservatives ‘anything but genuine democracy’ crowd rallies on.
(P.S. when did the U.S. annex China: the issue is the use of steel made in the U.S. of A. not China made steel).
The most frightening part of all of this: I almost thought I was going to have to compliment Harper in taking a strong Canadian stand in a free trade issue……whew, close call.