With the Rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline more Oil spills from Derailed Rail Cars

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 31st, 2013

Week in Review

The Obama administration has shut down oil drilling on federal land.  While at the same time urging us to quit being so dependent on oil from countries where oil revenues find their way into the hands of terrorists.  Being denied to do one thing (more domestic drilling) leaves us more dependent on the other thing (foreign oil that pays for terrorism).  So we turn to another option.  Importing foreign oil from a friend and neighbor.  Canada.  But the president intervened there, too.  By refusing to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  Because of environmental concerns.  So to get that oil to U.S. refineries we’ve turned to the only other option.  Shipping it by rail (see Canadian Pacific oil spill cleanup to last two days by Edward McAllister posted 3/28/2013 on Reuters).

Recovery efforts were underway on Thursday to clean up an oil spill in western Minnesota, a day after a mile-long Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed, rupturing three tankers and leaking around 15,000 gallons of fuel…

The spill, which has triggered an investigation by federal officials, came as a debate rages over the environmental risks of transporting Alberta tar sands crude across the border from Canada.

This was the first major spill since a boom in North American oil production began to outgrow the existing pipeline network, prompting a huge rise in crude-by-rail transport three years ago…

As crude by rail has increased in the United States, so have spill incidents. Of the 132 incidents that occurred while trains were in transit in the United States between 2002 and 2012, 112 occurred in the last three years, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

So we can expect about 38 spills per year from trains shipping that Canadian oil to U.S. refineries.  It would seem that building that Keystone XL pipeline would be the more environmentally friendly option.

So here are our options.  Build the pipeline and eliminate the spills from rail transport.  Not build the pipeline and continue the spills from rail transport.  Or issue an executive order confiscating our cars.  So we don’t need any oil.  Which will be the only way we’ll make the reductions they want in our oil consumption.  As existing sales of electric cars prove.  We’re not buying them.  Because they aren’t as dependable as our gasoline-powered cars.  And don’t give us anywhere near the freedom gasoline gives us.

No, gasoline is here to stay for the foreseeable future.  And the anti-oil policies are only increasing the cost of the gasoline we buy.  Increasing the cost of food.  And everything else that ships with an internal combustion engine providing the motive force.  Leaving us with less in the family budget.  Sacrificing the quality of our lives to keep the environmentalist money flowing into the Obama administration.

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