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Keystone XL Victory Will Help Stop the Tar Sands!
Published on Saturday, December 24, 2011 by It's Getting Hot in Here

Keystone XL Victory Will Help Stop the Tar Sands
by Jamie Henn

These days, its easier to kill pipelines than conventional wisdom.



In a news analysis published today, the New York Times concludes that while the tax bill provision on Keystone XL will likely kill the project, the victory will do little to stop future pipelines, stall tar sands development, or slow down global warming. After all, the world needs energy, the tar sands have it, and therefore, theyre going to be developed, atmosphere be damned.

Its a compelling argument thats been made over and over again during the fight against Keystone XL. Heres why its wrong.

Time and again, public opposition has stopped things that made economic sense. Thats every mile of the Colorado isnt dammed, why we havent cut down every last inch of Brazilian rainforest, or, to pull from another time period, why the British Empire finally abolished the slave trade even though it was great economics. As it turns out, there are other forces in the world than supply and demand. Just because morality is hard to quantify, doesnt mean it cant change history now and then.

As political opposition to the tar sands grows, its going to be nearly impossible for oil companies to build the pipelines they need to get tar sands oil out of landlocked Alberta. You thought the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline was contentious? Just check out the struggle over the Enbridge Northern Gateway, a pipeline that was slated to be built from the tar sands out to the coast of British Columbia. Thanks to the opposition from indigenous communities along the entire pipeline route and people up and down the coast, the Canadian government has been forced to stall the project for yet another year of environmental review. The delay, along with the news on Keystone, has fired up the anti-tar sands movement even more. When Goliath teeters, David puts another stone in the sling-shot.

More at: :http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/24-1


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