President Obama said on Friday that the Keystone Pipeline project has been rejected in the best interest of the country and its inhabitants.
The 7-year old project will finally be put to rest, after many Americans were highly disappointed with the president’s support of the controversial pipeline that would run from Canada to Nebraska.
President Obama made this statement about the failed project:
“The State Department has decided the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interests of the United States. I agree with that decision.”
According to the National Resources Defense Council, the Keystone Pipeline would have been detrimental to the United States because:
- Tar sands pipelines are more prone to leaks than crude pipelines.
- Tar sands oil takes far more energy to mine and refine than crude, creating carbon emissions equivalent of driving 60 billion extra miles a year.
- After they are mined, the tar sands leave behind a sludge that is stored in unregulated ponds, leaking cancerous pollutants into the Athabasca River.
- The once believed job creating pipeline would in fact only employ 35 Americans once built.
- Building the Keystone Pipeline would be a huge step backwards in green energy when we need to focus on our renewable energy resources like wind, water, and the sun.
Raw Story reported:
“Keystone XL would have linked existing pipeline networks in Canada and the United States to bring synthetic crude oil and diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries in Illinois and, eventually, the Gulf of Mexico coast.”
The TransCanada Corporation first approached President Obama with the proposal in 2008, and it has since been widely discredited.
The president has made the right choice in regards to the welfare of citizens, not corporations, and for that reason alone, I am proud to say that Barack Obama is MY president.
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Source: Raw Story