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Keystone Pipeline

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Started: 7/3/2013 Category: Politics
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elliottbashore

Pro

Today with President Obama being in office, it seems like he just can't make a decision. Being a strong supporter of the pipeline, it makes my head spin about just how stubborn he is being. What is so wrong with 100,000 jobs and removing ties with OPEC Nations? While I am fascinated with renewable sources of energy, I am only an advocate of them when it is practical. We shouldn't be abandoning oil when we have more of it in our country than any other country in the world. Once we are energy independent, then we can focus on cleaner and more progressive energy sources.
piede

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President Obama isn't being stubborn, he's being rational and considerate. Job creation isn't the only factor that plays in this, safety is another and TransCanada has been downplaying the need of safety of the pipeline which is why there is opposition against it and difficult to mingle with.

On June 1st a spill was detected in Northern Alberta, which was responsible for a 9.5 million leak of industrial waste water - even more troubling the pipeline was only 5 years old and it was designed to last for 30 years. It also effectively killed a "broad strip of trees" in doing so. (1) This has obviously raised questions about the quality and safety of the keystone pipeline. Another issue that raises questions? "Alberta’s had an average of two crude oil spills a day, every day for the past 37 years." (2)

Many of these issues have been raised when it comes to the factor of deciding whether or not the keystone pipeline should be built. TransCanada has denied that it will use the latest leak detecting technology. (3) Which has obviously raised a great deal of concern for the pipeline for it cuts across a huge portion of the United States and drinking water and ground water.

"Keystone XL is part of an additional 4.7 million barrels a day of new U.S. oil pipeline capacity expected to be built during the next two years, according to the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, a Washington-based industry group. About 19.2 million barrels of crude are transported each day in the U.S." (3)

Adding such an enormous pipeline with such safety risks including detailed past and current oil spills draw concern to the United States and it needs to be dealt with great consideration, risking our public health and safety for a pipeline which already adds onto 19.2 million barrels of oil we get daily are not worth it, especially because TransCanada refuses to use the proper technology to prevent leaks such as this it proves too great of a risk to the United States, public safety, and the environment, and past spills in Alberta, and TransCanada's refusal to use proper technology to protect the public from such leaks strongly supports that.

Sources:

(1)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com...

(2) http://globalnews.ca...

(3) http://fuelfix.com...


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