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Title: Keystone XL pipeline cancelled
Post by: Hydra009 on June 09, 2021, 10:54:21 PM
Source: AP (https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-joe-biden-keystone-pipeline-canada-environment-and-nature-141eabd7cca6449dfbd2dab8165812f2)

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Environmentalists who had fought the project since it was first announced in 2008 said its cancellation marks a “landmark moment” in the effort to curb the use of fossil fuels.

“Good riddance to Keystone XL,” said Jared Margolis with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of many environmental groups that sued to stop it.

On Montana’s Fort Belknap Reservation, tribal president Andy Werk Jr. described the end of Keystone as a relief to Native Americans who stood against it out of concerns a line break could foul the Missouri River or other waterways.

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Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, the top Republican on the Senate energy committee, was more direct: “President Biden killed the Keystone XL Pipeline and with it, thousands of good-paying American jobs.”
On a surface level, that is entirely true.  Another similarly true statement: President Lincoln deprived Southern states of millions of workers, throwing their economies into disarray.

Both scenarios involve sacrificing some Americans for the enrichment of other Americans.  Is that acceptable?  For some political persuasions, it's perfectly acceptable.  Apparently, developing oil sands is a much easier task than developing even a tiny amount of human empathy.

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Keystone XL’s price tag had ballooned as the project languished, increasing from $5.4 billion to $9 billion. Meanwhile, oil prices fell significantly — from more than $100 a barrel in 2008 to under $70 in recent months — slowing development of Canada’s oil sands and threatening to eat into any profits from moving the fuel to refineries.
"development" is such a euphemistic term.  We're essentially talking about open-pit mining.  The end result of "developing" oil sands in Alberta looks like this:

(https://www.macleans.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ALBERTA-ELECTION-OIL-810x445-1551314143.jpg)

It's a goddamn industrial wasteland.  I wouldn't call it an environmental problem because it doesn't look like there's any environment left.  And the cherry on top is that there's a declining profit in it.  So the literal only positive is shakier and shakier by the day while the negatives mount.  Who wouldn't want to invest?!