The magazine Engineering News Record has an editorial advocating for building an oil pipeline from Alberta (my old stomping grounds) to Texas. The oil sands in Alberta are huge but it is extremely difficult to extract the black gold, in an eco-friendly way.
I have some reservations about this quote,
Climate change is important, but not as urgent as the need for ample energy security and putting people to work.
Can’t we have both? Why is it one or the other. Is there no way to have a clean environment with clean energy and jobs? Has no one at ENR watched Blade Runner?
The U.S. and the rest of the world will be dependent on fossil fuels for the foreseeable future. The risks posed by the Keystone XL pipeline are not substantially more catastrophic than the risks we run every day with the hundreds of thousands of miles of pipeline that crisscross our country.
Acting as if the future of climate change hinges on this one big pipeline is just the kind of apocalyptic nonsense we don’t need.
From The Economist,