There’s been a big oil promotion going on with millions being spent on television advertising to convince the public that Tar Sands, Keystone Pipeline and natural gas fracking is all safe, warm and fuzzy. The army of lobbyists buying up politicians (both sides of the isle) by the dozen claim that Keystone XL Pipeline will create jobs.
Big oil lobbyists claim the TransCanada Inc Keystone XL Pipeline will give us “security” and protect us from our habit of consuming foreign oil and makes us less dependent. When actually we are becoming “More Dependent” through mass media ads.
Regardless of the facts that fracking alone causes earthquakes and there are 20,000 of them planned in the Keystone Pipeline plan, big oil is heading down a very slippery slope. By forcing the public into a plan in which they have no say, is inviting failure and a massive backlash.
The Keystone Pipeline is not safe and what does this say about the future of energy? Firstly the people who are building the pipeline do not have a very good track record of safety and an expected spill or a few earthquakes won’t matter much to them.
Keystone Job Figures a Fairy Tale
In the Oil and Gas Journal and other publications like the Wall Street Journal you can read various claims that the Keystone Pipeline will create thousands of jobs. The Wall Street Journal claims 13,000 jobs will be created which is totally inaccurate and highly inflated.
You can read the same stories filled with the same inaccuracies about the massive job creation on each website you turn to and that unions are clamoring for these jobs.
The figures are inflated to promoting Keystone jobs when the facts clearly indicate that no oil company will keep 3,000 union workers employed for long. Once the pipeline is built there would be no need for them in fact, the jobs that were transporting the oil in the past will be gone.
Quote: ” 3,000 union jobs” and “another 118,000 spin-off jobs”. Another promoter of the Oil industry the Perryman Group claim it’s not 118,000 jobs but 118,000 temporary jobs which will last one year” Media Matters. That stands to reason since after the pipeline is built there is are no further construction jobs and those workers will be laid off again. These are all temporary jobs and feeding on an unemployed market especially in a recession is building false hopes of lasting employment from Keystone.
Cornell researchers claim that: ” The truth is the pipeline will destroy jobs and the environment including, US drinking water derived from the Delaware Basin. The first map of the Keystone Pipeline Trail: Amidst these false claims the people of America have had massive protests from Canada on down to Washington they are vehemently opposed to Keystone XL for a variety of reasons.
Farmers, environmentalist, home owners, and the general public have railed against this massive pipeline that will bring more and more oil to the already giant car market and gas guzzling vehicles. Under pressure from Hillary Clinton’s State Department, the TransCanada Corp agreed to re-reroute the massive pipeline and proceed through Nebraska instead.
Hillary Clinton has the final say since she is the head of the State Department and the project involves two countries Canada and The USA.
Who Pays for the Cleanup?
Trans Canada is paying for the whole operation, which means they will have total control over the pipeline and the surrounding environmental cleanups if the Republicans do not destroy the EPA first. The very conservative province of Alberta is akin to the Republican party in the US and the Premier could not be happier. After all big oil and gas lobbyists have been praying for this for decades.
While the Republicans are quickly trying to scrap the Environmental Protection Agency of the US government, people like Ron Paul claim that they would do away with the only regulatory body against pollution in the whole country!! Astonishingly stupid.
Any teenager right now, must know that they are inheriting a polluted world by this current and older generation who have alleviated themselves of any responsibility for future generations to have a clean world to live.
The pipeline will contain and move 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta to Texas refineries. This oil will knock out the transportation of oil by truck or rail and thereby killing a large if not massive amount of jobs. Oil Company Records on Safety is Abysmal BP Oil has had many leaks on the Alaska Pipeline for years, and ignored warnings by workers that the pipes required maintenance, but they ignored the warnings. Afterwards, a major spill occurred attributed to rusty pipes that needed repair. This is just one example of what is to come with Keystone XL, shoddy maintenance records that are fudged as in the Alaska pipeline case.
The Oil companies are famous for cheating the EPA regulations in maintenance costs, and putting the environment at danger to save a buck. We can look forward to the same amount of recklessness as the Gulf spill by British Petroleum, this time it will be on land. The crude oil will still have to be refined in greater amounts arriving in Texas which will further emit carbon into the air in Texas and surrounding states. Don’t move to Texas if you want to breathe air at all.
Keystone Undermines The US Commitment to Clean Energy
The Keystone pipeline is a 100 degree turnaround of what President Obama said he would do regarding creating green jobs not supporting the fossil fuel industry. It speaks to his ability to potentially endanger his own re-election campaign. The lobbyists have done their job and bidding process with the republican party namely the Koch Brothers who stand to make billions more on the Keystone Pipeline. BP, Shell, Esso and Conoco-Philips all well-known industry polluters will also cash in on the oil gold rush. But the pipeline in the energy business will be outdated before long, with larger economies like China who are doing the exact opposite.
China is investing in their future in green energy and once again the US will be outsmarted, outwitted, too ancient in their thinking and we will be buying green energy products from China. Gas Prices at the Pump will Not Go Down We haven’t heard the oil companies promoting this claim and they have not breathed a word about cheaper gas prices for domestic refining which would stand to reason. However, the oil companies plan on “exporting” more oil to foreign countries thereby fattening their profits but with little benefits to the people who own the resources. After all, the oil companies do not “own” the resource of oil or gas the people do.
National Security Claims are False
The claim by the industry that oil and gas shortages presents a “national security” issue are false. The middle east even though revolutions have taken place have not reduced capacity and the oil is still flowing regardless of how many wars exist. The oil industry has claimed that “oil and gas energy” is in the national security interest and makes the US less dependent on foreign countries. However, it does not cure the addiction to oil that the industry puts upon the consumer.
Tar Sands -The Most Expensive Way To Refine Crude Oil
Tar sands is just that. It is a mixture of a tar substance, similar to molasses with sand particles and shale rock. The process requires heating the gooey mess called Bitumen at high temperatures giving off hydrocarbons to extract the oil. Tar sands is the most filthy way to get oil into refinement and produces the most harmful by-products plus it leaves huge craters and holes into the landscape where nothing can grow.
The Energy Disaster for Canada – and the United States Tar Sands-Alberta
On the Canadian side, just as many Canadians are against the Tar Sands of Alberta and have been for over a decade. The problem with Canada as mentioned in the video is they are selling off all their resources and have saved none for themselves.
The last point I wish to make is the fact that crude oil seems to be the only resource the corporations are worried about but they have forgotten one much more vital resource and that is water.
While not trying to predict the future I remain confident that within a short period of time the United States would have completely polluted their own drinking water with gas fracking, chemical dumping, coal sludge and the filthiest big energy companies refusing to pay for any clean up.
The facts are not to difficult to understand in a future where water will become the oil of the future. Water will be so scarce that you will have to pay a king’s ransom for it and there will be very, little supply of clean water to drink.
So, what is it going to be, gas in your big SUV or water? Keystone Pipeline- Water or Oil?
We can all survive without a car, but without water most people die within 3 days some have lasted up to 10 days on rare occasions.
Will Americans begin to wake up to the fact that once the waters are all polluted to the point they are getting now, they can never be made clean again, the damage is permanent.
What shall we drive then?
NB: This issue will not go away, and on Twitter -there are many unanswered question as President Obama ponders what to do.
We All hope he makes a decision for our future, and not cave to the dirtiest industry on earth, and the Koch Brothers.
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