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Pipeline Politics
Keystone XL and DAPL Are Back

Remember Keystone XL? The pipeline the Obama administration stalled and then outright blocked because of dubious environmental concerns and political pressure from the Left? Well, it’s back on, thanks to an executive order from President Donald Trump. CNN reports:

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed executive actions to advance approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

The decision to advance the pipelines cast aside efforts by President Barack Obama’s administration to block construction of the two pipelines, while making good on one of Trump’s campaign promises.

As he signed the documents Tuesday in the Oval Office, Trump also vowed to “renegotiate some of the terms” of the Keystone bill and said he would then seek to “get that pipeline built.”

Trump also issued executive actions declaring oil pipelines constructed in the US should be built with US materials, streamlining the regulatory process for pipeline construction and shortening the environmental review process.

We’ve long thought the debates over both pipelines were pretty silly, particularly the arguments about safety and CO2 emissions. Pipelines are much less prone to spills than shipment by rail and truck, which are the alternatives. Meanwhile, the argument that the pipelines increase CO2 emissions ignore that the oil will be pumped regardless of whether it gets shipped by pipeline to the U.S. or by some other method or to some other destination. The Alberta oil sands that will feed the Keystone XL pipeline are simply too lucrative to remain untapped, particularly in such an energy-hungry world. This isn’t just our position; it’s what the State Department itself said in several reviews.

The big winner in all of this may be Canada, which is set to benefit from the easier access to U.S. crude markets that oil sands pipelines provide.

But the bottom line is that Keystone XL and DAPL never had much relationship with environmental health and safety. So while this is a big embarrassment for greens, it’s not actually that big of a deal for the climate they claim to care so much about protecting.

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  • Beauceron

    And DACA is apparently staying.

  • KremlinKryptonite

    This is very good news! Not only are pipelines safer than rail and especially road transport, but onerous red tape and misguided protesters are the reason 60% of the US pipeline infrastructure was built before 1970!!
    The protesters are largely comprised of communists, and can be written off. They are, whether wittingly or unwittingly, working for middle eastern regimes and the Kremlin – all of which have an interest in seeing US energy sectors fail.

    • Fat_Man

      Their funding is coming from those quarters, that is for sure. Trump ought to investigate the subject in detail.

  • Jim__L

    Did Trump get any concessions out of Canada before he signed these, since they’re going to be on the winning side?

    Nice to see he’s keeping campaign promises.

    • Kevin

      US steel requirements. It also increases US leverage in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations.

  • rheddles

    Buffet wept.

    • Frank Natoli

      But the bottom line is that Keystone XL and DAPL never had much relationship with environmental health and safety.
      Was always bravo sierra.

  • LarryD

    A not-insignificant faction for the greens are just opposed to modernity. If they could, they’d have all back to before steam power.

    • f1b0nacc1

      They hated steam too

  • Kevin

    My understanding is that the very crude from tight oil/fracking needs to be blended with heavier crude as as Albertan tar sand oil. The pipeline to the Gulf Coast refineries should enable them to use more tight oil. Bad news for Venezuela.

    • f1b0nacc1

      My gums bleed for them

      • rheddles

        That is too bad. I can recommend a periodontist who can remedy that.

  • gabrielsyme

    Less than a week and already Canada has got more from the Trump administration than they got from Obama in eight years.

  • Frank Natoli

    The big winner in all of this may be Canada, which is set to benefit from the easier access to U.S. crude markets that oil sands pipelines provide.
    Wrong. The big winner is the U.S. consumer. Anything, ANYTHING, that increases crude supply depresses prices, which is good for anyone who uses gasoline, diesel, home heating oil, etc.. Know anybody who doesn’t? Oh, right, blue city types who take the subway. They don’t care if a working stiff has to choose between filling his gas tank or buying food, or has to wear winter clothes in his own house because he can’t afford home heating oil.

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