No Man Can Stand in the Way of Progress Long

Russ Steele

President Obama refused to approve the XL Oil Pipeline allowing Canadian oil to flow to the United States. Bill McKibbin, who will be speaking in Nevada City next week led XL Pipeline Protest in front of the White House and  took credit for aiding Obama in his decision to mot approve the pipeline.  McKibbin will be crowing about his success in a meeting at the Foundry on the 17th. But, does that mean the Canada will not extract the oil and sell it to nations other then the US. No, they intend to mine oil, process it and then ship it via a pipeline to the West Coast.

The Wall Street Journal has the story:

CALGARY—Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP said Thursday it will begin a $5 billion expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline, nearly tripling the capacity of crude oil it can ship to Canada’s west coast—the latest project aimed at moving the country’s rising oil production to markets outside the U.S.

One of McKibbin’s arguments was that extracting the oil generates CO2, so if we do not build the XL Pipeline the oil will stay in Canada. No, it will get extracted and the CO2 generated anyway. The oil will be sold to China who will burn it and generate even more CO2 and the loser will be the America consumer.

You might want to let Mr McKibbin you think that his XL Pipeline protest wash foolish and did not achieve his goal of reducing CO2 production.  His actions only raised the price of gas that you have to pump at the station. He created a lose – lose situation with his foolish action. Do not let that foolishness go unrewarded.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to No Man Can Stand in the Way of Progress Long

  1. gjrebane says:

    Were we smart, we would make a deal with the Canadians and tap into the west coast terminus of their new pipeline and have some (all?) of that oil flow down to California refineries, some of which would be built in northern California. There is plenty of space to build such a pipeline through the eastern parts of Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Hell, we could even build refineries there to really ignite economic development in the interior. (… and then the alarm went off and it was morning.)

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