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Tag: Keystone XL pipeline

May
5th

Tar sands oil, $5 billion and the Strait of Juan de Fuca

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

In an ideal, green-hued world, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline would accomplish what many of the project’s opponents believe it will accomplish.

The sludgy crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands would stay in the ground because there would be no way to get it to refineries and beyond. Ecosystems would be spared. Much less carbon would be burned, and there would be that much less global warming.

The problem is, that’s among the least likely alternatives to the Keystone project. Among the most likely is that Pacific Northwest waters will be put at a much higher risk of oil spills – a scenario that now has $5 billion behind it. Read more »

Jan.
30th

U.S. can’t afford to forfeit Canadian petroleum

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Here’s an unfortunate but inescapable reality: The world will burn petroleum for decades to come.

Modern industrial economies – in other words, the hopes and livelihoods of billions of people – are sustained by oil. Greener energy alternatives aren’t remotely close to supplanting it.

Until affordable renewables can be ramped up enough to replace petroleum, squeezing off the supply of crude would wreak economic distress of global proportions. By comparison, today’s hard times would look like the good old days.
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