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Canada's response? MORE posturing. "We'll build a pipeline to the west coast in British Columbia and sell the oil to China and other Asian markets instead". China would love it, regardless of the cesspool of pollution it will leave in Northern Canada.
The reciprocal American response? Crocodile tears. "Oh, we hope you wouldn't do that".
Canadians and Americans both know that the Athabasca Oil Sands projects are the biggest source of pollution in North America. No refineries will be built in Canada.
The Keystone oil pipeline, which will pipe dirty crude oil all the way from the Athabasca tar sands to Texas refineries is already being built. Imagine that.
At Incoming Bytes we have no illusion that the multi-billion-dollar pipeline will 'terminate' at the 'border'. Let us be realistic. Canada already supplies some 2 million barrels of oil per day to American markets.
Where does that leave the 'decision' ? The fact is, it's parked in 'limbo' while the political benefits are being coolly calculated; Canada's |Prime |Minister Stephen Harper will benefit politically by "saving" the Keystone pipeline, getting the 'delay' reversed, and |President Barack Obama will benefit by playing the political game of satisfying environmental critics, while simultaneously delaying development of the Bakken. Everybody wins by playing the game--except the native population of Athabasca.
Clearly approving the pipeline 'in the next few days' at least, is not a beneficial political decision. The United States of America has it's own Bakken oil deposits which are untouched--and hold more oil than Saudi Arabia, and more oil than Athabasca.
Why has the Bakken not been developed? The fact is, nobody in the USA wants to appear responsible for developing an unprecedented environmental mess in the United States. It is much more attractive to well-heeled NIMBY's to leave a cesspool of permanent pollution in Northern Canada instead.
How simple. The Keystone delay won't hurt the historical Canadian/American relationship for long --a calculated deception, with the economy in such tough straits, we estimate a reversal in a few weeks, or maybe a month or two. January sounds about right. Everybody gets a big political Christmas present when the 'decision' is somehow magically reversed. Joy to the world and all that.
I guess they just don't get it. Nobody has the moral right to create an irreversible ecological disaster, regardless of where it is.
Meantime, the same politicians in North America are collectively missing out on the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen; -the opportunity to develop clean, endless, alternative energy --which already exists. Look up.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.