To Keystone or Not to Keystone?

To Keystone or Not to Keystone?

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Green Builder Media CEO, Sara Gutterman

Green Builder Media

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 3:15pm

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The Keystone XL Pipeline drama continues—on Tuesday, President Obama vetoed a bill proposed by Congress to approve construction of the $8 billion project. In a succinct rejection statement, Obama stated that the legislation would “circumvent longstanding and proven processes” for evaluating a project like this one.

This issue has become one of hottest potatoes on the Hill, and certainly one of the most politically polarizing debates in our current national dialogue. There is a wide swath of vested interests and all hands are on deck supporting their side of the tug of war, from corporations to tribal nations to celebrities. So, what’s really at stake and why are both sides so vigorously putting their foot down on this particular issue?

Advocates suggest that the pipeline will create 42,000 jobs; increase national energy security; provide a reliable source of oil (at a time when there are still 250 million gas-pumping vehicles on the road); and stimulate the American economy.

Critics point out that fewer than 50 permanent jobs will be created; that the domestic accessibility of the oil is questionable (it is expected that most of the oil would be transported abroad); that any economic benefit will go directly to the oil companies (not to the American people); and that the environmental risks are far greater than any potential rewards.

The State Department’s 11-volume environmental impact review seems to side with the project’s critics, claiming with no uncertainty that the pipeline would carry some of the world’s dirtiest oil through some of our most fertile land (below which lies one of our most precious aquifers) to be refined on the already environmentally impaired Gulf Coast into fuel that would mostly be shipped abroad, with very little economic benefit to the U.S.


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