I fail to understand the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. The oil produced from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, is going to be developed with or without our assistance as long as it is economically viable.
Without our assistance, the oil will likely travel by rail or pipeline to Canada’s west coast where it will be transported by tanker through the pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest – far riskier than if transported by pipeline to the Gulf Coast.
If the Keystone pipeline is built, and all the oil passes through our country only to be transported by tanker elsewhere, it will be safer than the other option. And even if none of that oil is used in the U.S. at this time, there may come a time (remember the Arab oil embargo?) when we will desperately need it and it will be available.
One more thing: Canada, our neighbor, has been a friend and ally for more years than even the oldest of us can remember. Shouldn’t we be treating that country like the friend it is?