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Biden nixing of Keystone pipeline could be disaster — for the environment

President Biden’s decision to end the Keystone pipeline cost thousands of American jobs. But this politically motivated move could also, it turns out, harm the environment.

I doubt Biden gave it a second’s thought. This was one of the chief demands of the environmental lobby that helped elect him, and he was going to do it even if it caused Mars to collide with Jupiter.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Environmentalists may have cheered when President Biden pulled the plug on the Keystone XL pipeline, but his decision is sparking concerns of a greater calamity down the tracks as the risks associated with transporting Canadian crude oil by rail start to pile up.

“Biden is trying to be a ‘green’ hero, but if he truly cared about the environment, he would have left the pipeline in place,” South Dakota resident Pete Nestle told the Washington Examiner. “It’s a hell of a lot more dangerous to move oil by rail. It isn’t rocket science. What he did was purely political.”

As one of his first acts in office, Biden revoked a key permit for the cross-border venture with Canada.

If the plans had stayed in place, the Keystone XL pipeline would have carried Canadian crude oil from Alberta and Steele City, Nebraska.

Construction of the extension began in 2020 after a decade of protests from environmental activists, Native Americans, and ranchers along its proposed route. They had raised concerns about climate change and argued underground oil spills could contaminate the land and pollute drinking water.

“The cancellation of the Keystone pipeline project was inevitable once the government changed,” Barry Prentice, University of Manitoba supply chain management professor and former director of the Transport Institute, said. “This means that more crude will have to move by rail. The huge investments in the oil sands will not be abandoned, and the oil has to go somewhere.”

But now, some are saying the bigger risk is transporting hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil a day by rail and point to multiple train derailments in the last decade as well as other environmental hazards linked to spills. Crude is extremely toxic and can cause damage to the land, air, and water. It is also dangerous to animals and humans.

5 thoughts on “Biden nixing of Keystone pipeline could be disaster — for the environment”

  1. I remember the whole “it’s more dangerous to move oil by rail” argument from years ago during Barry’s reign. It’s sad to think we’ve gone back in time on this issue and are in the same place now as we were then. Biden is truly taking us backwards.

    1. “Biden is truly taking us backwards” … not an understatement, Mr. Pibb.We are being taken backwards, not only on increasing potential environmental disasters by transporting crude by rail, but also on so many other fronts …. illegal immigration, transfer of our jobs overseas, the massive free flow of our dollars to corrupt foreign governments, just to name a few examples. This is the work of senile Biden, his handlers, Schumer … people who the average American did not want nor elect. Oh, yes, how can anybody forget self-righteous pelosa (“pelosa” is the Italian feminine word for “hairy”)

  2. The Canadians were also considering a pipeline to Vancouver. That would allow India and China to buy the oil. They do not have the strict EPA rules equal to the USA.

    They expect a shortfall of 10 million barrels a day by 2025. Motorist do not like high gasoline prices.

  3. “On 6 July 2013, 47 people died in the small eastern Quebec town in the major derailment – deaths a Quebec coroner later called both “violent” and “avoidable”. Most victims had to be identified from DNA samples and dental records.

    Just after 01:00 local time on Saturday morning, an unattended runaway train carrying 7.7m litres of petroleum crude oil barrelled into Lac-Megantic at 65 mph (104 km/h) and jumped the tracks near the centre of town. It slammed to a stop and erupted in flames. The ensuing inferno destroyed most of the lakeside town’s downtown core.
    Twenty-seven children lost parents, over 2,000 people were evacuated and dozens of homes were destroyed.
    Over 40 buildings were razed – including the public library – and millions of litres of oil seeped into the soil and the nearby Chaudiere river.” Source: BBC News

    The pipeline is safer. Why are the Democrats destroying everything good that President Trump has done? It’s insane!

  4. Warren Buffett wins here. He owns a big chunk of rails. At least one American is winning because surely the rest of us aren’t. I miss President Trump.

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