It’s been a while since the status of the Keystone XL pipeline was the hot topic. Since then we’ve seen, well, you know what else has been going on in DC. But, despite that, the pipeline is not forgotten–though there is still a contingent who would like us to forget the whole thing:
Choosing to make their opposition to the pipeline its marquee position was a strange strategic blunder for the green movement, simply because the pipeline itself isn’t the thing hurting the earth, or causing climate change. True, the Canadian oil it will transport to Gulf Coast refineries is of a particularly dirty and low-quality variety, but if President Obama chooses to nix Keystone, that oil will still find its way to market, whether by truck, train, or alternative pipelines. Keystone would just be the most cost-effective, safest option, but blocking it won’t shut down Alberta’s tar sands production.
Succinctly put. Let’s see if the President feels the need for a bump up in the polls. Who knows? We might yet see the pipeline in our lifetimes. Not to mention the longest bike trail in the US.