Green Debate: Oil Pipeline Connecting Canada to Texas?
In a world of increasing oil prices, one would think that alternative energy would be on the mind. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case for oil companies. What am I talking about you may ask? I am referring to what is now being called the “Keystone Pipeline Project”. This highly controversial project is proposing to build a 1,661-mile (2,671-kilometer) oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada all the way down to Nederland, Texas.
The project would cost the United States around $13 billion to construct the 13-inch diameter oil pipeline. The pipeline would be transporting crude oil extracted from Canadian tar sand. The oil would then be transported to refineries and processed in Texas. Obviously, this is raising quite the controversy. Environmental groups are stressing that oil is clearly not a sustainable energy source and construction of the oil pipeline would be supporting a failing industry. There are also concerns that after constructed, the pipeline will eventually corrode and leak, causing pollution in many areas. The general public is also unhappy because the pipeline is cutting right through many homes and farms.
If you ask me, I simply do not see any benefits to this construction. Not only is it outrageously expensive, but it is supporting a failing industry. Since oil is a limited resource, and we are clearly starting to run out, we SHOULD be investing the oil we have left into sustainable, alternative energy sources. To top it all off, extracting oil from tar sands is an extremely inefficient process because two tons of tar sands are needed to produce one barrel of oil. Cheap, usable oil is soon going to be a thing of the past. Now is the time to invest in alternative energy to ensure a sustainable future.