Let’s do this, people.
Yes, Canadian tar sands will still get shipped by truck and by rail and by ship, but make no mistake, those shipments will be destined to any market – foreign or domestic – where the profits are greatest. If you think prices at the pump will be lower, with all due respect, you simply don’t understand how the free market actually works. See “The push to export U.S. oil (CNN)” and #GetMoneyOut of Politics and We Can #StopKXL
Yes, transporting the tar sands in something other than a pipeline can create more pollution and, yes, those methods can be more dangerous than a pipeline, but understand this, too. All of these non-pipeline methods are also much, much more expensive and risky to the companies than a pipeline. That is why there’s a pipeline project at all. They want to lower their costs and reduce their risks, but humanity and the planet cannot afford the CO2 in the atmosphere that comes from the extraction and burning of those tar sands. If you think this is hyperbole, again and with all due respect, you simply don’t understand the science the way that real scientists do.
This is a video very much worth watching: Tar Sands Oil Extraction – The Dirty Truth
Stopping the pipeline means greater risk and greater expense to the fossil fuel industry. That’s a good thing. Unless and until fossil fuels like Canadian tar sands become so cost-prohibitive as to make it a bad business to be in, we’re going to continue to be dependent on them. Yes, I am all for my government passing legislation, instituting policy, and regulating that industry to the point where it is so costly and so unprofitable that it becomes uneconomical and monumentally stupid to continue in that business.
That’s what governments are supposed to do – protect us, not corporations, not shareholders, and not investors. Us.