Keystone XL pipeline
TransCanada is proposing a 36-inch, 1,700 mile pipeline, that would carry 900,000 barrels of Tar Sands oil from Hardisy, Alberta to Port Arthur, Texas. The pipeline system,…
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API’s circular argument on Keystone XL Pipeline wouldn’t pass your high school philosophy class
United States, Jun 14 2011
But of course Daniel might be lying, right?
I do not know the academic background of American Petroleum Institute's Marty Durbin, but it's very possible, given his recent comments, that he didn't take freshman logic. Or maybe he did and he's learned to apply his lessons in very clever ways. You be the judge.
My suspicion over Mr. Durbin's schooling comes from his comments regarding the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which recently began carrying tar sands oil from Alberta to Oklahoma.
In response to regulatory action taken after two recent spills, Mr. Dubin said that the accidents actually prove the pipeline is safe and should be expanded. Comments on the expansion were due to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday.
Said Mr. Dubin in The Hill:
Of course if no oil were to spill that would also prove that the pipeline was safe. It's nice to be able to have it both ways, but it's not accurate.
Here is what is accurate: If the plan is accepted and the pipeline is expanded, stopping climate chaos will become even more difficult, maybe impossible. Just ask NASA's James Hansen, who wrote this to his scientific colleagues yesterday:
Tar sands oil is the worst type of oil for the climate, producing three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventionally produced oil because of the energy required to extract and process tar sands oil. No amount of rhetorical trickery will erase that fact. Expansion of the tar sands must be stopped.
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