Keystone XL didn’t survive a vote in the Senate, and that’s a good thing from my perspective. I don’t like being lied to, and the supporters of this pipeline have embellished the benefits of this pipeline so much that I think some people honestly think that this pipeline will lower gas prices in the US. In reality, the only benefit of this pipeline is that Canadian oil will be able to be sold on the world market, which would have doubled the price that it was being sold for at one point. I’m not sure if the same would hold now because of the overall decline in oil prices.
If there was a need for a public infrastructure pipeline that would benefit America, I would offer this as a suggestion. Instead of a single pipeline, why not build a series of pipelines to move water/snow from areas overwhelmed with it to areas that need it. For example, Buffalo just got hit by a major snowstorm that will dump up to 6 feet of snow in some areas. Wouldn’t it benefit California and Buffalo right now if that water could be moved from one area to the other? Buffalo could keep their streets clear and California could get some much-needed water.
Such an endeavor wouldn’t be cheap, but the long-term benefit would be great. We know that Grand Forks, ND and other areas are going to get flooded by the Mississippi River next spring when the snow melts. Why something like this hasn’t already been proposed or suggested is beyond me. These events happen every year with predictable results. We know that the Upstate New York area is going to get hammered by lake effect snow. We know that the Mississippi River is going to jump its banks when the snow melts in the spring. Even if we didn’t pipe the water to specific areas, we could use a series of pipelines to shift water from one river to another to alleviate flood conditions or other things.
We don’t need Keystone XL or the 20-30 permanent jobs that Americans would compete for. TransCanada does need Keystone XL to boost their profits. Why should Americans risk our natural resources for something we don’t directly benefit from? If there was a direct benefit for America, I could see a reason to approve this pipeline. When the reasons Americans should prove it are lies, I say that we should focus our infrastructure ideas to things that will directly benefit Americans.