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Keystone XL: Oil, Ogallala, and You!
AManFromEarthTheir ideas are old and their ideas are bad.The King in the SwampRegistered Userregular
So the GOP in the House attached a sped up process for this project that is apparently "shovel ready" and would allegedly create 20,000 jobs. It would link the tar sands of Canada with the oil refineries of Texas. The big issue seems to be the risk of benzine contamination to the Ogallala aquifer (a rapidly shrinking and insanely important batch of water lurking under the breadbasket).
Now, I'm not an environmentalist by any means but I'm also not an idiot. Conservation is important to me, I'm incredibly concerned about climate change, and I want nothing better than to get the fuck off oil. Having said that, Canada's going to go through with this project with or without us.
The pipeline is supposed to cost the taxpayer nothing while increasing trade with our friendly friends in the Great White North. There's already one pipeline running along a similar track to Illinois from Alberta.
One thing I will say, and I think we can all agree on this one, is that this never should have been tacked onto the Payroll Tax Cut and Employment Insurance bill.
I'm still researching so I don't have an opinion one way or the other, but since it's creating such a cock up in Congress I figured we could have a chat about it.