Pipelines and the KeystoneXL Project

The KeystoneXL Pipeline is slowly trucking along towards its (almost certain) final approval from the Department of State later this year, much to the chagrin of the environmental left. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has distanced herself from the pipeline, insisting that she is only marginally involved with the permitting decision. The environmental left has made an enormous issue out of this demanding that President Obama refuse to allow the pipeline to be built, and his likely decision to issue an approval has disheartened many of his activists.

It’s worth pointing out that there are thousands of miles of pipeline all over the United States, and this is yet just another small addition to this network of oil infrastructure in the United States. The left has been hiding this fact, an example being Robert Redford’s “video” on The New York Times website fearmongering over damage to aquifers. Below is an image depicting oil and natural gas pipelines in the United States:

As you can see, there are thousands of pipelines that transport oil and natural gas all over the country. You very rarely hear much about them, because they aren’t large and they work fine without incident a vast majority of the time. It seems that the left has convinced thousands of Americans that this pipeline is some enormous new project that actually poses huge threats to the United States, which it clearly is not.

As an aside, one rebuttal to Redford: he claims that the pipeline is “a job killer,” because it takes away from investment in renewable energy. This is nonsense, as the cash being used to create this pipeline is being financed completely by the private sector. Money in the private sector isn’t just “available” for whatever use Robert Redford dreams up with his extensive business experience as an environmental activist and millionaire. Companies invest in products based on their likelihood to make a profit. Denying a permit to TransCanada isn’t going to magically encourage them to begin renewable energy products, rather, they will likely seek financing to build pipelines to the coast of Canada in order to ship the oil to markets across the world.


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