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Americans need to wake up on pipeline

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Interesting. Here in the United States, we still have average citizens rooting for the Keystone XL pipeline carrying the Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas, thinking it will in some way make our country oil independent and make gas prices lower.

In fact, the Koch brothers and fellow tar sands investors are the only ones who will be benefit, as well as the oil conglomerates who will sell that refined oil overseas.

The Canadians, it seems, are more realistic concerning the environmental dangers of piping their own tar sands within their own land. They have put a kibosh on their Northern Gateway pipeline, a pipeline to cross Canada to their own refineries.

The reason is the potential environmental disasters from the inevitable oil spills. They realize how damaging it would be to their country to have their own tar sands piped across their own land.

Is America’s land less precious than Canada’s? Are Americans more naive than Canadians, more easily manipulated by the true benefactors of this impending horror? Are we going to wake up and follow the lead of Canada or will we remain duped and watch the contamination of our soil and drinking water?

Time will tell.

Nicholas Zizelis

Amagansett, L.I.

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Andrew from Vancouver Canada says:
Here in Canada many have woken up to the extreme risks of transporting heave bitumen from the oil sands by pipeline. A heavy oil product diluted with toxic chemicals in order to make it viscous enough to flow through a pipe it presents a unique hazard when spilled in water in that it simply can't be boomed or vacuumed off the surface and it will kill anything alive in contaminated water.
July 21, 2013, 4:10 pm
Jean from Flushing says:
Andrew is right. I have heard repeatedly the same pipeline pipe dream (nightmare) from other Canadians. Are we in the U.S. stupid or just gullible?
Aug. 1, 2013, 2:41 am
Alex from Whitestone says:
Nick is right, if the pipeline was such a good deal, the Canadians would have done it themselves. They're more environmentally concerned up there. So they opened the idea up to the idiots in the US, the profiteers, who are now pushing it as some national savior to our oil shortage ills. It will only benefit a rich few, and most of it will be refined and shipped out of the country, with no benefit to us. Several of the states the pipeline is supposed to go through don't want it either. It's no win for us any way you look at it.
Aug. 8, 2013, 9:46 am

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