Don't be too Excited

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Don't be too Excited

So after the delay of the pipeline announced just a few weeks back, the opposition is facing more struggles.  While we have been able to temporarily postpone any progression of the 1,700 mile long pipeline, opposers are warned to to bee too excited. 

I came across an opinion based article today that really brought to the spot light the importance this issue has on President Obama's re-election and future popularity.  Many Americans seem to be in agreement that this decision of allowing or disallowing the pipeline will determine Obama's success or failure to be re-elected in 2012.  Because of this, many are urging him to make a hasty decision. Stating that a republican will almost certainly approve the building of the pipeline, the political pressure Obama has weighs heavily on his mind and in the minds of American citizens.

When Obama made the announcement that pipeline progress would come to a temporary halt, a shocking response happened that made me nervous for the future of our land in both Canada and America.  Obama's statement obviously wasn't strong or persuasive enough to leave TransCanada in a panic for the future of the pipeline they have been so hopeful about:

On the day of President Obama's announcement, CNNMoney reported TransCanada's CEO remained confident Keystone XL would ultimately be approved...the legislature used President Obama's announcement to craft a deal with TransCanada that may end up fast tracking the pipeline through Nebraska, the one place in the country where resistance to Keystone XL was the strongest. The smiles on the faces of TransCanada representatives at a press conference last week telegraphed their heady confidence that they will ultimately get their pipeline. Now they're saying they think it is "definitely doable" to start laying pipe from Oklahoma to Texas as early as January.

This leaves many wondering if the opposition is truly powerful enough to take down Big Oil and if the people are even being heard.  Moving into the next phase of this battle, it is important for everybody to know what is actually in the pipelines and this article, Looking at the Keystone XL really magnifies the contents of the pipeline. Most people only know of the tar sands in Alberta, but do not know the actual breakdown of how tar becomes to be what it is.  This fairly in depth analysis of the materials in Alberta's tar sands opens up new doors for argument. 

Furthermore, if TransCanada is still able to hold this much power and confidence even after the strength opposers have been able to acquire over the past few months, does not give much hope for citizens, Native Americans and their lands and environmental groups. However, with the struggles of project Keystone XL and new idea has emerged.  It is called the green energy moon shot, which wants to reduce energy consumption by 60%-70%.  While it is a huge expectation and goal, the idea of green energy is spreading across the United States. 

The pipeline continues to be a teeter totter argument, but hopefully with the power of the opposers, TransCanada can be put to sleep for good. 


"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." - Henry David Thoreau

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Re: Don't be too Excited

I'll be honest, until I came to this web site I was totally ignorant to the pipeline and had never heard of it. 

So I've been doing some research on it now and reading your articles...petroleum has always been a "friend" to me because I happen to have a not-so-fuel efficient vehicle or two and have always had "the need for speed".  In the past I've researched Mobil 1 Oil not because I was concerned about how likely they could have a big spill somewhere but because I wanted to know if I lost oil pressure how bad of shape would my motor be in.

However my truck for example is more fuel efficient than some other options on the road, and I worked construction at one point so it was needed tool, and my "go fast" toy utilizes a small block V8 rather than a big block so I feel I'm "half-way" there....or in denial :)

The bit of reading I've done has surprised me and did give me that "uh-oh" feeling in my gut as I read both the yay and nay arguments.

Ultimately if they can find an environmentally, out of the way, safe way to do this it will simply allow for us to get the oil we already use more locally and efficiently, and keep Canada from selling petroleum to Asia, and reduce the amount of double negative transportation of the oil....

We're not all going to be driving Chevy Volts, Prius, and Tesla cars even within the next 10 years so we do need to find a way to secure our current oil consumption and find ways to makes its production cleaner, faster, more efficient with less impact, today's SULEV and ULEV vehicles are pretty good at the clean side, and now recycled oil is finding is way to store shelves for oil changes....we can make a pretty clean oil burner, just have been slow to turn to make them less thirsty.

What does worry me is how vast this thing already is, and who's going to pick up the cost of this thing over time?  Heck we have a hard time regulating the peanut industry, how will we keep this controlled?  Also would seem to be one heck of a terrorist target.  Yikes.

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Re: Don't be too Excited

Thank you for your interest in my blog and this topic!  Moving towards the "greener" side of things is something that the globe has been aiming to do for quite some time now.  Presently there is a stronger push for conservation and finding a "greener" way to live because of changes in the environment such as global warming, the ozone layer and for economical reasons. 

In regards to your last questions, that is something that I found to be constant issues with environmentalism. With the pipeline, a few years ago a section of the original pipeline spilled on one of the Sioux (I believe) reservations and has yet to be cleaned up.  This could be for a number of reasons, but most likely it is because lack of money and lack of care to clean up a section of the United States that is unfortunately looked over and seen as not as important. 

Thank you for your response!

 

Katherine


"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." - Henry David Thoreau