Posted By LambChop
The stupidity of liberal cognitive dissonance on energy production and transportation is patently absurd. Case in point – how crude is transported. Today the North Dakota Pipeline Authority reports 71% of crude leaving the Williston Basin, which includes both the Bakken and Three Forks shale formations, is hauled in rail tankers; 20% is transported through pipelines. Why is this important? Because oil energy production will continue and the modern world cannot be run without fossil fuels -there are no other cheaper, safer alternatives. Less than 2% of the WORLD’S energy comes from alternative sources.
In order to use fossil fuels for energy, exploration must occur. Acquisition, development, production and disposition of oil must happen. Once oil is extracted it must be transported. Transport of by tanker and rail are twice as expensive and more dangerous than a pipeline like Keystone. A tanker train exploded and decimated the entire town of Lac-Megantic, in Quebec. That has never happened with a pipeline even though there are at least 95,000 miles of pipeline currently operating in the United States.
Obama continues to dither and ignore his responsibility, delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. His procrastination only raises costs and REAL risks the environment. Pipelines don’t blow up towns.
Despite the dangers of shipping oil by rail, the environmentalists still won't back Keystone, an extension of already existing pipeline that will only be 36” in diameter.
Keystone was previously subject to 1200 days of environmental studies - all had positive assessments. The “final” study released at the end of August, 2011 found that the massive pipeline would have “limited adverse environmental impacts” if operated according to regulations. The State Department came out with a report at the beginning of 2013 stating that “no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed Project route.” Yet another subsequent report that revealed the pipeline had “no significant impact on the environment.”
Obama fears the moonbat ecco -terrorists like the Sierra Club and Greenpeace that promote junk science lies. What we all do know is this: the construction of the pipeline would have a positive impact on energy development and economic development in the United States.