Two years later and yes, of course, the Standing Rock protesters have my sympathies. My support of their right to protest and my objection to the harsh treatment they have received, however, is separate from the objective analysis on this issue I attempted in 2015. There have been some more pipeline leaks since then, but I haven’t seen anything new to convince me that the pipeline is not, ultimately, the best option among bad choices.
I’m very much in the minority among my environmentally conscious brothers and sisters in that I am convinced that the Keystone XL pipeline should be approved without further delay. The controversial pipeline resolution was passed today by the US Senate but President Obama has promised to veto its final approval. It would be a mistake for him to do so.
Among the many groups encouraging the President’s veto, the Natural Resource Defense Council lists 5 big reasons why the pipeline should not be completed: 1) transporting “tar sands” bitumen via pipeline is unsafe, 2) burning tar sands oil will contribute greatly to global climate change, 3) tar sands sludge is toxic to human and environmental health, 4) transporting tar sands oil via pipeline will cost American jobs, and 5) approving the Keystone XL pipeline sends the wrong message for the future, which should be less reliance on fossil…
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