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.