Comments on: The key to the meaning of Keystone XL http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Jameson4Lunch http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12434 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:55:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12434 Follow the money. Warren Buffett stands to make another fortune by transporting that oil with his Burlington Northern railroad. I can only assume that Obama is standing in the way of the pipeline to repay Buffett for helping get the taxes on the rich pushed through. The left will say blocking the pipeline is a win for the environment, but in reality, it’s just a win for crony capitalism.

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By: Jameson4Lunch http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12433 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:56:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12433 This is a matter of Obama’s ties to Warren Buffett. If the pipeline isn’t built, Buffett stands to make huge profits hauling the oil with his Burlington Northern railroad. I can only assume this is his payback for backing Obama’s tax hikes on the rich.

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By: iceform http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12432 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:38:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12432 Benefits of the Keystone pipeline to the USA: Many if not all of the odious political regimes in the world who gorge themselves on oil revenue, impoverish their own peoples, buy weapons they don’t need and cause mischief in many areas of the world will collapse if North America has 100% oil supply from its own resources.
The pipeline will cause lower oil prices, create high paying jobs on both sides of the border and kick the GDP of both countries up to a higher level.
Build the Keystone!

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By: ptiffany http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12431 Sun, 03 Feb 2013 18:30:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12431 The distance from the shale oil fields in Alberta to the coastline in British Columbia is over one thousand miles less than to the Texas Gulf. So, why the preference?

And, since America is expected to be a net exporter of oil within a few years, again why this pipleline through the United States to the ports of Texas?

Obviously, it’s not about satisfying the petroleum needs of the United States.

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By: Lothiel http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12430 Sat, 02 Feb 2013 19:56:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12430 I don’t think it has been properly explained why we need the pipe line. Why can’t these oil companies build more refineries on the border. The answers I come too is that it is both cheaper for these oil companies to have taxpayers pay for this pipeline and it makes it easier for them to control the prices by leting them export this oil.

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By: unclepie http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12429 Sat, 02 Feb 2013 17:45:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12429 where the heck is my comment? I’ve posted it twice.

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By: unclepie http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12428 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:54:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12428 It’s difficult to understand why the environmentalists demonize Canada’s heavy oil while the US imports about 900,000 bbls/day of the same stuff from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and no one bats an eye. Is it really riskier to import oil in a brand new, state-of-the-art pipeline over dry land than shipping it in foreign flagged tankers of unknown provenance who carry it across the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico? Is it prudent to reject Canada’s oil, and continue to depend on imports from Venezuela, Nigeria and Iraq? Does the US really want to incentivize Canada to ship its petroleum to Asia? If you google “Graphic: Pipelines of North America” you’ll see a map of all the petroleum pipelines on the continent. Including a half a dozen across Nebraska. Our continent is already criss-crossed with hundreds of petroleum pipelines. For those who worry over pipeline spills, should they not worry more about the pipelines that are 50 years old than the brand new ones? When you put it into context, the debate over the Keystone XL has clearly gone beyond the rational.

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By: roylance http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12427 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:30:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12427 As a chemist, also an environmentalist, I would make a specific point about running tar sands material through a pipe, whether it be Keystone XL, Northern Gateway or from Alberta to New Brunswick through Ontario – the stuff is coarser than is crude oil and will probably cause more rapid abrasion to the pipe, making leakage more likely than the latter. None of the companies involved has a very good safety record – so that would worry me, especially when running through sensitive terrain. Transport by road, rail or, worst of all, by barge down the Mississippi, are even more alarming to an environmentalist. But what is so wrong about refining tar sands bitumen, all the way to marketable products in Alberta, or at least somewhere in Canada? Think of the loss of “value added”! I do not see the necessity to ramp up production of bitumen as the powers that be seem to believe.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12426 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:40:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12426 Back when Canada helped Americans escape the thugs of the Iranian revolution of the seventies, lots of people said “THANKS, CANADA!”. Those were words. A saying today is “Watch not what they say, but what they do”.

America is today under continuing assault by hispanic hoards from south of our largely ineffective border who continue to invade our territory and society so as to appropriate for themselves benefits and opportunities that should be largely reserved for American citizens of the LEGAL kind. It is increasingly hard for the average American taxpayer to regard our “neighbor” to the south, Mexico, as either true friend or ally when they are conspicuously complicit in this continuing travesty. Are we to let our “greens” alienate our neighbor to the north as well?

America has much in common with Canada. If we would be a friend, friends wish each other well. They act in a way consistent with that intent. Those who would deny Canada cooperation in developing their natural resources for the betterment of their society are enemies of Canada.

As an American who remembers what happened in Iran and at so many other times in history over the years, I am ashamed of “Americans” so short of memory or genuine understanding of “right” and “wrong”. “Do unto others…” is still a wise basis for living.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/02/01/the-key-to-the-meaning-of-keystone-xl/#comment-12425 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:24:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1878#comment-12425 In an increasingly young “instant gratification” society that has seldom understood precisely where their present comfort and position have come from, why am I not surprised at this “divide”? I’m sure they would all rush forward to scrap their cars and buy horses, plant and chop hay and clean up dung from curb to curb on our streets in order to live a completely “green” life style NOW.

Turn off the oil and gas, shutter the coal mines and they will have to chop wood to heat their homes. Never mind the “killer fogs” of history that afflicted large cities from time to time, killing residents wholesale when temperature inversions trapped the byproducts of combustion from many, many wood-fired hearths in winter.

When one of these wizards comes up with a battery design that will allow more efficient storage and use of power from the sun, the tides, the wind, and other “clean sources” and we can ALL tell the power companies to POUND SAND owning our own little power sources on our own property that don’t need huge distribution networks, it will be time to listen to them. Or when ccold fusion is found to work and is practical on a small individual scale for a price the average citizen can afford to buy and maintain.

Until them, every rational American citizen had better understand that “…oil is like red meat…we should find greener alternatives to it whenever we can, but used wisely and in moderation it has an honorable role in the 21st-century economy.” The reality continues to be that the “role” is not only “honorable” but ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL!

The fact that these good paying jobs are desperately needed by the unemployed, and a struggling fiscally unsustainable economy needs such payrolls for taxes and consumer spending if it is to emerge from the “great recession” should not be ignored either.

Let the ecologists freeze in the dark.

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