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Keystone is all about Global Warming

February 21, 2012

Now that Congress may consider legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone pipeline, it becomes crystal clear that the real reason behind efforts to stop the Keystone pipeline is global warming.

There has been talk about pipeline leaks and threats to the Ogallala aquifer, but that has all been noise for public consumption.

The real reason for stopping the Keystone pipeline was made clear by Al Gore.

In a plea (Tuesday, February 13) to his supporters on the Climate Reality Project web site, he asks them to sign a petition to stop the pipeline: He said:

“If approved and built, this pipeline, Keystone XL, would carry the most carbon-intensive source of oil on the planet.”

And,

Join me in telling the U.S. Senate to say NO to one of the most carbon-intensive oils on the planet.”

His message went on to say:

“The EPA estimates that annual carbon pollution from the Keystone XL pipeline could be at least 82% higher than average crude refined in America – if not more.”

He didn’t mention leaks or contamination of an aquifer. He only mentions CO2 emissions from oil from Canada.

Apparently, a supporter of this effort is to be on The Colbert Report to push for signatures for this petition.

It’s been my view that global warming has been distorting energy markets, and this is proof of that.

And, distorting energy markets results in higher prices for electricity and gasoline.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2012 9:29 am

    Right on as usual Donn. And Gorethink as usual is wrong.

    If Keystone isn’t constructed does Mr Gore expect the oil in the oil sands to lay dormant and not used? Does he really think Canada won’t push a pipeline to their west coast and sell oil to China and perhaps other Pacific Rim nations such as Japan and India?

    Do any of those Gorethink environmentalists understand the aquifer that will supposedly be in peril if Keystone is built?

    The Ogallala aquifer is an aquifer left by the last ice age. It barely recharges itself. When my father who grew up on a farm was a young man, he said you could almost dig to water in the Nebraska Sandhills. Now, due to intense irrigation the acquifer is hundreds of feet below the surface of the earth.

    If anti-Keystone environmentalists were really concerned about the Ogallala aquifer which stretches from South Dakota through Texas, they would be focusing their energies to try to reduce or stop the rate this aquifer is being drawn down by iggrigation by farmers watering row crops on the high plains… not stopping Keystone.

    There are already tens of thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines lacing the undersurface of the area covered by the Ogallala aquifer creating no negative impact on the acquifer.

    The result of Gorethink as it relates to Keystone will be:
    1. China gets access to the oil. The result is stopping Keysone doesn’t do one thing in the long run to reduce the refining and use of this oil.
    2. The shipment of oil via tanker versus pipeline poses greater risk to the environment.
    3. The pollution controls on oil refined by China will be overseen by Chinese authorities that are much less concerned about the environment then if the oil were refined in the U.S. The result wil be increased pollution not less pollution thanks to Gorethink.
    4. The United States loses all economic benefits from the pipeline which include jobs and energy without one environmental benefit.

  2. February 25, 2012 2:17 pm

    Thanks, Tom.
    You have done yeoman’s work on this issue.

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