The Global Argument for the Keystone Pipeline March 2, 2013Posted by geoff in News.
Reading about the latest environmental impact report for the Keystone pipeline (no effect on global warming) made me wonder why the President and his administration hate other countries. You see, the report apparently goes on to say that we don’t really need Keystone to meet America’s energy needs:
But the detailed environmental report — almost 2,000 pages long — also questions one of the strongest arguments for the pipeline, by suggesting that America can meet its energy needs without it. The growth in rail transport of oil from western Canada and the Bakken formation on the Great Plains and other pipelines, the analysis says, could meet the country’s energy needs for the next decade, even if Keystone XL is never built.
Let me just outline the following argument:
- We’re teetering on global recession
- Lower oil prices help economies
- More oil generally means lower oil prices
- Building Keystone makes more oil available
- …and creates US jobs and increases exports
- …which I thought was part of the master plan
- So WTF? Build the damn pipeline and promote other oil projects, and help the world dig itself out of this recession while lining our own pockets along the way.
Unless you hate those other countries, that is.