Many doubt that rail could ever replace pipeline as a viable marketing mechanism for Alberta's tar sands. But few could argue the fact that rail reigns supreme for bringing Bakken fracked oil to market.
In a brazen move, State Department officials hired a London-based firm called Environmental Resource Management to evaluate key parts of the environmental review for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
My stance against the boondoggle that is the Keystone XL pipeline has been a stand to protect us from exacerbating the effects of the climate crisis. We are already experiencing its force, in the form of killer floods, droughts, massive fires and super storm catastrophes.
TransCanada, frustrated in its attempt to build the U.S. Keystone pipeline, now wants to build a tar sands super highway across the Canadian shield to the Atlantic. It's expensive, risky, and likely to get the go ahead. Is this a good thing?
It is time to take a hard stance on Keystone XL. We need a clear evaluation of the damage to our health and environment that will result from this dirty energy project. And then we need to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The Keystone pipeline is like a gigantic hypodermic needle stuck into America. Its promoters know we are addicted to the wrong drug -- fossil fuels -- but they know we do not have the willpower to kick the habit as long as the pushers find new ways to slip us one more fix.
This is a time for climate leadership. So, instead of a shoddy Keystone XL environmental review, the first major climate action for this Administration's second term should be to set limits on climate change pollution from power plants. That is the kind of action that makes sense.
While TransCanada has asked for a rubber stamp process than only evaluates a minor route change in Nebraska, concerned Americans and the environment community have made their expectations of the environmental review process clear.
Watching from a distance is hard. I'm on the move setting up our big roadshow assault on the fossil fuel industry, but the real action is in Texas, where a growing number of blockaders are trying to shut down work on the southern section of the Keystone Pipeline.
I found that the locals tend to have very little to say about the Keystone XL pipeline, aren't concerned about greenhouse gases and don't know what oil sands are. They tend to only be concerned when something affects them, like rent, or roads.
This spill is just the latest from Plains Midstream Canada; the company had another massive 28,000-gallon oil spill only last year. And that's just one oil company. We can do better than this -- Canada, the U.S., and beyond. We can all do better than oil.
Rocket Trike Diaries is a 10 week video tour of the 2011 "Ride for Renewables: No Tar Sands Oil On American Soil!" Join Tom Weis as he pedals 2,150 miles through America's heartland in support of landowners fighting TransCanada's toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline scheme.
Welcome to Rocket Trike Diaries, a 10 week video tour of the 2011 "Ride for Renewables: No Tar Sands Oil On American Soil!" Join Tom Weis as he pedals his rocket trike 2,150 miles through America in support of landowners fighting TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline scheme.