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4 Things Every American Should Know About Tar Sands Pipelines

Environment  (tags: politics, environment, tar sands, ecosystems, Keystone Xl Pipeline, usa, nature, healthconditions, pollution, world )

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When it comes to tar sands pipelines, what we don't know will hurt us.

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lee e (114)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 5:34 pm
Thanks for publishing this piece - I've been trying to explain how much dirtier the Tar Sands oil is - and how inadequate the pipelines are that attempt to carry it - but this states it much better -- of course even at that - this article points out the benzene problems, but there is also a high component of radon and other toxins that are contained within the product itself!
I sure hope everyone reads this!

Jason S (50)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 7:03 pm
Good posting, thanks

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:45 pm
From the National Resources Defense Council:

"The national debate surrounding the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has obscured the fact that a key purpose of the pipeline is to export Canadian oil to the world market via the U.S. Gulf Coast -- a plan that would threaten the farmlands and water of America’s heartland. Canada isn’t even producing enough oil to fill its existing pipelines, which are running half-empty. So why is Keystone XL such a priority for the oil industry? Because Keystone XL is actually a pipeline that bypasses America in order to maximize Big Oil’s profits.

By skipping over refineries and U.S. consumers in the Midwest, tar sands producers will be able to send Canadian crude to the Gulf Coast refineries in tax-free Foreign Trade Zones, where it can be refined and then sold to international buyers—at a higher profit to Big Oil."

It won't even be sold in this country? Why should we allow "Big Oil" to get even bigger by allowing ourselves to be subjected to all the potentially deadly risks without any benefits? Have we become a nation of "flunkies" to powerful corporations?

Carol H (229)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:43 am
noted, thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:54 am

Ro H (0)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:02 am

Jamie H (5)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:19 am
Great article, concise and direct. I work at the nonprofit Democracy Now! in NY and we've done extensive coverage on the subject:

Connie O (44)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:20 am
noted, thanks

TOM T (246)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:24 am
Noted & Shared Thanks!

Robert Scott (186)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:39 am

Jo S (619)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:56 am
Money, money, money. Did I hear someone say MONEY?

Arielle S (313)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:58 am
Rachel Maddow did a piece last night on the spill in Michigan - which they said would take $5 million and a month to clean up - it's been almost three years and nearly a billion dollars so far and still is not cleaned up. This and the costs to wildlife, the environment and residents should be the nail in the coffin for the Keystone Pipeline..... But.... unless we scream bloody murder, big oil will win again....

David C (131)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 8:27 am
unfortunately, too few know even one of these things...or do they not care...or not care enough to raise the issues/concerns with those who might be able to make change.......if we're not entirely a bought country.

Patricia H. (440)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 8:37 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 11:13 am
Noted thanks

pam w (139)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 12:01 pm
"DRILL, DRILL, DRILL!" Remember the Palin chant? This is a foul industry and it should stop. If we have to quit our addiction to be it!

Margery Coffey (8)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 1:34 pm
The biggest fact of all is being ignored. The Ogallala Aquifer is at 20% capacity NOW. It is unable to replenish itself. We are in the second year of extreme drought. The pipeline will deplete it. It will destroy US Agriculture on the Great Plains and turn it into the Great American Desert. It will be game over for North America.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 2:08 pm
Let's see, benzene? Isn't that like having a dry cleaning plant explode in your living room? Oh, no, I'm wrong, it was removed from dry cleaning and spot removing because it was too dangerous. My age is showing.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:00 pm
Noted. Thank you, Cal.
There's a link within the article to tell Pres. Obama...which leads you to a link to tell your Congress critters. Signed and sent.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:07 pm
Try over 100 little incidents and accidents since 2007. Also please note that 60% of Canadian don't want the Pipeline and aren't enthralled with the Tarsands Project of Trans Canada.
Oh benzene shows up in one form or another. Benzoate type chemicals are derived from it and show up in things like your mouthwash for example.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:19 pm

Judith Hand (55)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:33 pm
Noted, thanks.

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 5:12 pm

Mitchell D (87)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 5:56 pm
The entire Tar Sands process stinks! And, while I do not begrudge Canada the income the project can create, I expect that the eventual price for the continent will prove to be too much.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:38 pm

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:30 pm
Noted thanks

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 9:51 pm
From what I already know, how can it get any worse?

Sherri G (128)
Friday April 5, 2013, 1:16 am
Thanks Cal this is an interesting article but of equal importance and interest to me is Suzanne R. comments. She adds the true intent of Corporate Greed Mongers motives. I recommend everyone read her comments. Yes Susanne we have become flunkies to Corporate machinations to pay no taxes while we take all the risks. It will be very disappointing if Pres. Obama supports this. Eventually we will be forced to stand against corporations greed like it or not.

Robert O (12)
Friday April 5, 2013, 1:33 am
Thanks so much Cal.

robert zank (0)
Friday April 5, 2013, 2:57 am
mass oil consumption is unnecessary
worth the view:
global contamination has to be halted!

Kathryn Niell (112)
Friday April 5, 2013, 11:45 am
Tar sands and oil pipelines scare me to death. i sign every petition that crosses my desk to get rid of them and turn toward sustainable, clean energy. I don't want all life as we know it to go the way of the dinosaurs at the foolish acts of mankind.

Debbie Crowe (87)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:20 am
I've been afraid of Tar Sands Pipelines since I first heard about them! This article gave me more info! Thanks!!
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