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Robert Abel: Let Canada take risk for its pipeline oil

To the editor:

Why is there any pretense that the Keystone XL pipeline is not already being built? A report from Montana in the Flyfish Journal comes complete with photographs of construction crews at work and the environmental wreckage that comes along with it.

A 79-year-old Wyoming woman (Nancy Zorn) was recently arrested for chaining herself to pipeline construction equipment there. It’s scandalous and cynical at this point to pretend the project is not going forward, making this boondoggle all the harder to stop. Not yet a fait accompli, perhaps, well under way.

It it is completed, the Keystone XL pipeline will be a disaster for the United States. Outside of the construction jobs the project entails, there is absolutely no benefit to our country. The environmental and safety risks are enormous. The oil will not be used in this country but is intended for overseas markets. Furthermore, products based on shale oil are notoriously corrupting to the environment. They are junk.

If Canada, which gets something like 60 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as wind and water, wants to sell its shale oil — its dirty shale oil, we must add — to other countries, it can get access to markets across its own land.

Let Canada take the risks of transporting this environmentally degrading product. The company benefiting most from this enterprise is, after all, named TransCanada. If they want the profits, let them take the risks.

Robert Abel


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