The Keystone Oil Pipeline
We the people are being sold a bill of goods that are anything, but good for planet earth or us!
The proposed Keystone pipeline running from the tar sands in Alberta Canada to the gulf coast oil refineries here in the United States will, we are promised, increase domestic production of gasoline, help to stabilize wildly erratic and upward fluctuations of prices at the pump, and reduce the amount of expensive Arab oil that we now purchase for our own domestic use. Really? I suspect a far different discussion is taking place behind the closed doors of the oil interests that are behind the Keystone pipeline. Remember, these are the same people who claim that the reason for our incredible summer price hikes at the pump is because these refineries just can’t meet increased production demand. But now all of the sudden they can handle millions of extra barrels of oil that will become available because of this pipeline. Why the change of story?
The South American economies are booming and showing no signs of slowing down anytime in the near future. And the one area that they are in desperate need to fill to keep their economies growing is in the energy department. And with deep water ports on either side of their continent that are just a fairly quick oil tanker ride away from the Gulf States in the United States this leaves me highly skeptical of the purported benefits that most North Americans or Canadians would share in. My guess is that if anyone were to look more closely into this they would find that there is a quiet push in the permitting process of both North and South American ports to be able to handle large oil tankers for the eventual import and export of tar sands oil.
And in the end, after the completion of the pipeline, I believe it would do absolutely nothing to stabilize gas prices or cut the amount of oil that we purchase from Arab countries. All this pipeline would do is help to line the greedy pockets of big oil and leave most Americans, and Canadians, sharing all of the environmental hardships and dangers. If they really wanted to stabilize petroleum prices in North America and decrease Arab influence why not just build new refineries in Canada near the tar sands? Think about it!