I usually respect the opinions of Bill Malec, but I don’t think he has investigated the case of Keystone XL. Reminding us of current oil lines is irrelevant because, as Bill O’Reilly says, one mistake we made and got away with does not justify another mistake in the future.
The fact that Keystone is an issue in the first place is not so it can provide employment to the U.S.A., but because the people of Canada do not want it to run across their bread basket areas of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. It is already damaging the Canadian rainforest which is the most important in the world. It will not provide long-term employment in the U.S.A., only temporary construction jobs which will make the Koch Brothers, who try to control our elections, more wealthy. Fewer than 350 permanent jobs may remain — not enough to justify the damage and the potential for pollution of our ground water in the Dakotas, Nebraska and other states.
I don’t know why this is so hard to understand. Is it the promise of jobs, the “insult” to the Canadians or what? We should be pursing an alternative to petroleum as it is a finite source and will soon (in fewer than 50 years) run out anyway. GMC, Mercedes, BMW, Toyota and others are readying more electric-powered vehicles. Tesla is rated the No. 1 car in quality and owner loyalty, but it is too expensive. Big Oil will withhold charging stations from us until they sell the last drop. We need to think of the future, not a soon-to-be obsolete fuel source.
Joseph M. Reichert