Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Dalton mcliar seems to have forgotten the benefits of the Alberta oilsands, but bubba understands. The Keystone XL pipeline must be approved! You can watch bubba here. On deserving and embracing the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S.February 29, 2012. 5:26 pm Posted by: Sheldon Alberts Posted on Feb 22, 2012 WASHINGTON – Suddenly the Keystone XL pipeline is all the talk of American politics – again. A day after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Americans “deserve” the Canadian oil that Keystone would deliver, former president Bill Clinton said it was time for the U.S. to “embrace” the long-delayed project. Clinton, speaking at an energy conference in Maryland, said he believes the pipeline should be approved on a new route that avoids the ecologically fragile Sand Hills region of Nebraska. He suggested Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. botched its initial application by proposing an original route that cut directly through the Sand Hills and the vast Ogallala Aquifer. “One of the most amazing things to me about this Keystone pipeline deal is that they ever filed that route in the first place since they could’ve gone around the Nebraska Sandhills and avoided most of the dangers, no matter how imagined, to the Ogallala with a different route,” Clinton said in remarks first reported by Politico and Bloomberg News. “The extra cost of running (the pipeline around the Sand Hills) is infinitesimal compared to the revenue that will be generated over a long period of time,” Clinton added. “So, I think we should embrace it and develop a stakeholder-driven system of high standards for doing the work.” Clinton’s remarks are certain to cause a stir among U.S. environmentalists who remain steadfastly opposed to the pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Hardisty, Alberta to the Gulf Coast of Mexico. TransCanada said this week it will re-apply in the near future for a presidential permit – denied earlier this year – with an alternate route that avoids the Nebraska Sand Hills. The decision on whether to recommend approval or rejection of the permit falls to the U.S. Department of State, under the direction of Hillary Clinton.