Monday, July 22, 2013
KEYSTONE XL May Actually Raise American Gas Prices — that's the title of an article by TRUTHOUT. Stevie ain't gonna like it:
“Keystone XL is not an economic benefit to Americans who will see higher gas prices and bear all the risks of the pipeline,” said report author Judy Dugan in a press release. “The pipeline is being built through America, but not for Americans.”
The report reinforces what us “crazy environmentalists” have been trying to point out for years: The chief purpose of the pipeline is to help Canada increase it’s own revenue by opening up new, overseas markets for tar sands oil. Not to decrease American gas price.
DUKE University's GreenGrok site has observations from two years ago this month, that are entirely cogent. The article, "The Keystone XL Pipeline: A Tar Sands Folly?" by Bill Chameides, the Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, is worthy of attention, do check out all its details.
An analysis prepared for the Energy Department last December found that Keystone XL’s capacity would not be needed until sometime after 2020 at the earliest and maybe not until after 2030.
So I have to ask: Why this pipeline? Why now?