Does the Environment Trump Jobs?

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Brock Benson | Civil Patriot

Biden and his fellow Democrats tell us that they want to save the environment. I suspect they desire this at the cost of jobs. And, if we’re being honest. . .people. 

I don’t believe their plan to kill off the Keystone Pipeline project will save the environment. I do believe it will create several catastrophic problems for us, though.  

First, I believe killing off the project will damage our relationship with Canada. Consider this recent tweet from Alberta Premier Jason Kenney: “I am deeply concerned by reports that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden may repeal the Presidential permit for the Keystone XL border crossing next week.” (full statement below)

Photo courtesy @Alberta Premier Jason Kenney/Twitter

Along with damaging our trust with Canada, destruction of the project will result in higher oil prices. It will also boost unemployment. And, as I mentioned above, it will do absolutely nothing to help the environment. 

Let’s unpack that last claim a little further. 

In an article titled Why the cancellation of Keystone XL is Bad for the Climate, the Environment and Canada, A Chemist in Langley had this to say: 

By now we all know that President Biden has cancelled the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XO (KXL) pipeline. Needless to say climate activists have gleefully celebrated the decision. But as I pointed out on Twitter, cancelling KXL will not reduce Alberta oil production and will not decrease global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The cancellation of the project is a massive windfall for US refiners and rail interests; a loss to provincial and federal coffers; will increase the GHG intensity of the oil; and will increase the risk to rail communities.

Nothing is in place to stop oil producers from moving their product from one pipeline location to another via a rail bridge. Admittedly, doing so will increase the cost and GHG intensity of the oil but given the potential profit this project isn’t really a hard one to envision. To be specific, the 2014 SEIS calculated that the total GHG emissions attributed to using either rail or a combination of rail/pipeline would range from 28% to 42% greater (in the transportation step), than moving that same volume of oil by KXL. (A Chemist in Langley)

When that oil is transported by rail, the environment really will suffer. So, if we’re being honest, shutting down the pipeline will only make this problem worse, not better. 

Ultimately, this decision was never about the environment. 

It’s about control and appeasing the Radical Left. 

 

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