Opponents are continuing to urge President Barack Obama to deny a federal permit for the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, saying it doesn’t serve U.S. energy interests and would contribute to global warming. Supporters say the pipeline is by far the safest way to transport the oil from Canadian tar-sands deposits, would help free the United States from dependence on oil from the Middle East, and will create jobs.
While all have huge economic benefits the public and President Obama are concerned over the potential environmental impacts.
Whether you are for or against one of the 14 new or expanded oil and gas pipeline projects there is no denying that business is booming. The boom is due to a huge increase in supply across North America, more oil and shale gas is being discovered, and companies need pipelines to bring it to customers.
Keystone is not the only proposed oil pipeline project but certainly getting its fair share of press. This list represents the ones in the forefront;
- Enbridge’s Northern Gateway to the B.C. coast
- Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper Expansion to the U.S.
- Enbridge’s Line 9B Reversal in Ontario
- Kinder-Morgan’s Trans Mountain doubled line from Alberta to B.C.
- TransCanada’s Keystone XL to the U.S. Gulf Coast
- TransCanada Energy East to Eastern Canada
Google and Facebook have been two of the most forward-looking U.S. companies when it comes to clean energy, using their influence to push governments and utilities in the states where they operate toward climate action, and giving their users reason to believe they’re not just in business to make billions at any cost. They’ve been renewable energy champions in North Carolina, Iowa and Oklahoma, and they’ve been very public about being green. For Google, which has a data center in Oklahoma, that it powers with clean energy, is a climate leader. Greenpeace and others have praised Google’s clean energy leadership. They are among the supporters of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Maybe the Keystone Pipeline XL project along with the others is good business decisions that will benefit our country in more ways than one and may not pose the devastating environmental effects the opponents are suggesting.