ImageThe name tells it all.  As you can see from the image, the keystone is the central stone that holds all the other stones together in an arch. (see any dictionary definition).  In this arch you have on the left oil consumers in the rest of the world.  On the right you have Canada.  In between you have the U.S.

The keystone pipeline provides a bridge between Canada and the oil consumers in the rest of the world.

Who is not a beneficiary of the pipeline?  Answer is the U.S.

Yes, there will be temp jobs to build the pipeline.  Yes, there will be an insignificant number of permanent jobs.

It not a question of if there will be spills, it is WHEN.  Search “Oil spills in the U.S.”.  Or, search “oil pipe lines that have not had spills”.

Who pays to clean up the spills?  Ultimately it is the citizen taxpayer.  Why?  The spillers, think Exxon Valdez and the horrendous Gulf spill, ultimately settle with citizens and the government for pennies on the dollar and stop cleaning up their mess.  Spills last forever.  It is impossible to clean up all of a spill.

It is time we stop building these environmental disasters.  Yes, they are all environmental disasters, and start eliminating the existing ones.

Please write, Email, call the President and your Congressmen and tell them to vote no on the Keystone XL.

Now you see me; now you don’t

The primaary justification for the XL Pipeline is jobs.  There are jobs to build the pipeline, then what?

What do the Canadians get?

What does the U.S. get?

Yes, the sand oil is coming out of the earth no matter what.  Fine, let that be Canada’s problem.  It is their gain; let them have the risk along with the profits.

Currently they get the profits and we get the risks.

What happens when the sands oil is no longer profitable?  Will they still spend the money to properly maintain it?

Who pays if there is an accident?

So soon we forget the Gulf spill.  Gulf shrimp now come with their own cooking oil.

So soon we forget the Exxon Valdez.  Is that cleaned up yet?

Will there be federal regulation?  Will the money to support regulation be forthcoming in the future?  Not according to what we have seen under Republican administrations in the last six years.