It bothers me a bit that our elected representatives are so ready to sacrifice the air we breathe, the water we drink and the very ground we stand on in the name of corporate profit. I say this in view of their unqualified support for the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Perhaps it is because they do not respect genius. Thomas Edison once said, We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy - sun, wind and tide. I'd put my money on the wind and solar energy. What a source of power. I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.
Supporting the pipeline serves no other purpose than greed and profit. Who would profit you say? Our nation is now a net exporter of gasoline. We exported over 100 million barrels more of crude oil than we imported. The pipeline oil brought into the U.S. will be refined in Oklahoma. Much of it will be sent to ports along the Gulf Coast where it will be shipped overseas (China, Japan, et.al.). Meanwhile, you and I pay $3.40 for gas while some say the summer cost for gas will reach $5 per gallon.
Why, then, do you suppose the powerful interests behind the pipeline are scurrying to send this oil from Canada across the entire U.S. instead of to the Vancouver area refineries on the Canadian west coast? I don't know the answer but I suspect one.
Another sore point is the number of jobs this project would supposedly bring to the U.S. If you believe the wild numbers set forth by Rep. Noem and Sen. Thune, we would see from 20,000 to 130,000 jobs as a result of this potential environmental debacle. Pardon me, but that would be from 10 to over 75 new jobs per mile of pipeline (from Edmonton, Alberta to Tulsa Oklahoma). That strains credulity.