Keystone XL, the Bad Boyfriend We Canít Shake (Video)
The Keystone XL guy just won’t give up. When the postcarbon girls rejects him, he drives right to her door, along with his sleazy buddies.
I won’t give away the whole plot, but the Post Carbon Institute has created a video that is a sly metaphor for the tar sands industry and its pro-pipeline buddies on both sides of the 49th parallel. The guys won’t stop pestering, and evidence shows they will say anything to get their way.
They come on with promises of plentiful oil from friendly neighbors but conveniently forget to mention the abysmal return on investment. The good-time boys promise they won’t spill any more oil, and if they do they will clean it right up, though their record on that is shaky.
The Post Carbon Institute challenges their good-old-boys’ arguments:
As long as we delude ourselves that replacing depleting easy oil with expensive, low-quality bitumen is good energy policy, we succeed only in delaying the necessary transition to a viable future of energy conservation and renewables. Wouldn’t it be a wiser move from a cost, jobs, environmental, and energy security perspective to invest our money in needing less oil?
Although President Barack Obama called for an environmental review of the Keystone pipeline in January, he did not reject it outright. On July 23rd Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) introduced the latest bill trying to push it through, threatening that if the U.S. drags its feet China will buy up Canadian oil.
Lee is playing to public support for the pipeline. In poll results published by the Washington Post on July 1st, 59% said the U.S. government should approve building of the pipeline. Fully 83% think the pipeline will create a significant number of jobs, while only 34% believe it will damage the environment.
It appears the boys are pretty successful at seducing the public, in spite of the evidence and the strong and vocal opposition by environmental groups such as the Post Carbon Institute.
Girlfriends, it’s time to quit Keystone XL.
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