Immediately following Brooke's interview with Daryl Hannah, a TransCanada spokesman rebuts the star's arguments, explaining why the proposed tar sands oil pipeline would be good for American jobs.
Keystone XL showdown is not about the possible pipeline leaks! American investments into tar sands will allow flourishing this least cost effective and most toxic technology of fuel fossils extraction. The oil and gas companies which are profiting like no others during this tough economic time will gain more power than they are having now. There is a very weak regulatory system to oppose them in the U.S. Such system is almost nonexistent in Canada where the Minister of Industry becomes the Minister of Environment (Jim Prentice) to allow for legislature supporting aggressive tar sands exploration. He subsequently defects from the Government. The oil and gas companies HAVE NO OPPOSITION and NO REGULATION (Environmental Protection Agency EPA cannot intervene when severe complications of fracking occur in process of "clean" shell gas extraction). The politicians’ careers are funded by a fraction of oil and gas companies’ earnings. We are becoming slaves of their fortunes. These international conglomerates become more powerful than particular countries. There has to be a non-corrupted regulatory process put into existence. Americans should not put their feet into this dirty business. Even for the price of short term benefits...
@Slawomir Marecik... The opposition arguments change by the day. But to make a point to these new accusations, in Canada, the environmental policies and enforcement are by and large the duty of the province. Mr. Prentice, for example, has very little to do or say about the way Alberta develops its natural resources.
I’m also not sure why fracking for natural gas came into the argument. In Alberta, we have very little of the new shale gas fracking in development. British Columbia does and there is a lot going on in the USA. So please, don’t cloud the issue with misnomers.
No politician is funded by big oil in Canada or Alberta. They are in no ones pocket. We have very strict rules around political donations, unlike the USA.
The safest and most effective way to transport dilbit, or conventional oil for that matter, is via pipeline. Opposing the pipeline will only increase the use of fuels and reduce safety to move those products to market. Trains, transport tanker trucks and large ocean going tankers (think Exxon Valdez) are really the only alternative. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather transport the dilbit via the safest, least intrusive way. That’s by pipeline.
I agree that oil is not the way. We have other means of producing power that have zero impact on the environment. Unfortunately those in control aren't going to let the shift happen smoothly. United state is not going to stop using oil any time soon. Might as well get it from a friendly Allie than those who would rather see you dead in the ground.
When did Daryll Hannah become a geological or economic expert???
This guys a liar. Most of the pipe wasn't made in the USA by American steel workers. It was made over seas. I know b/c I was there. Last time I checked, Indonesia and China aren't in Arkansas.
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