Environmental Extremists Try to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline From Canada
|August 25, 2011||Posted by Beth Shaw under Energy|
Environmental extremists continue to try to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada which would help provide oil for both Canada and the United States. Once again standing in the way of American energy independence. As we have noted before if the pipeline from Canada is stopped, the Canadians have the option of selling their oil to China. In turn, we would have to buy our oil from China at a higher price, both in terms of money and our increased dependence on them for our resources. It’s beyond me how this makes sense even to the greenies.
In the Natural Resource Defense Council’s (NRDC) “onearth” blog, Andrew Nikiforuk lambastes Canada for a Calgary-based company’s attempt to build the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands oil (“bitumen,” a type of petroleum) from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico—bringing upwards of a million barrels of oil per day to refineries in Texas. The construction of the pipeline needs approval from the U.S. State Department, sparking a two-week protest at the White House that landed 110 people in jail over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the lack of a domestic supply of oil has left America dependent on the Middle East and subject to the market fluctuations brought about by unrest in the region. The result? Americans paying over $3 per gallon for gasoline while struggling with 9.1 percent unemployment. And yet there sits in the Canadian wilderness a resource that could help America ensure its energy security.
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