Also, the pipeline eliminates US trucking (middle class) jobs and rail jobs. On average, to run one railyard in North Dakota you need about 50 full time employees, including contractors. Trucking jobs in the oil industry pay higher wages than most.
Keystone does NOTHING in regards to helping the US economy.
"The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously," Obama said in his veto message to the Senate. "But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto."
I like the part where he says it "cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest". Six years and five committees just isn't enough!
Unchecked borders and the Spread of ISIS are of less 'national interest' than Keystone.
But, on the bright side, he wasn't afraid to say "Keystone Pipeline" in case he gave it credibility.
As a long time Michigan resident
I remember the 2010 Enbridge tar sand oil spill quite vividly.
For those who are interested in timeline of the Michigan tar sands oil spill and how the company did not even inform the EPA that this not an ordinary oil spill but that the spill was from tar sands oil the following gives a lot of interesting details.
The oil spill contaminated a creek that fed into the Kalamazoo River which empties into the Great Lakes.
Thankfully it was stopped before it contaminated the Great Lakes which supplies drinking water to millions of persons.
Here is the article with the timeline.
Pretty scary stuff.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20...b-pipeline-epaThe Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of, Part 1
A black goo stopped just 10 feet from the metal cap that marked his drinking water well. Walking on the tarry mess was like stepping on chewing gum.
Just thought of this deal.
Keystone Pipeline + Homeland Security Funding = Obama Immigration policy?
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
No one - the company, the Citizens, or their government, ever wants this to happen but it has happened and may happen again. Luckily no human lives were lost.
Such was not the case in Lake Megantic, Quebec. Lac-Mégantic oil spill even worse than first feared, investigation shows
The fact is that we can only work to make these spills less likely, and thats true of the collection and distribution of all natural resources. The final destination of this oil, cars, will probably kill many people as well.
At least this spill had, finally, a happy ending.Enbridge oil cleanup on the Kalamazoo River finished, all sections of the river open for public use | MLive.com