What is the Keystone XL pipeline?
The Keystone XL pipeline system is an oil pipeline system. Keystone XL was an expansion of TransCanada’s existing system to funnel oil from Alberta’s tar sands to refineries in the United States.
Why is it so controversial?
Alberta’s tar sands are considered to have the ‘dirtiest’ oil on the planet. Unlike traditional crude which gushes from a well, tar sand oil must be dug up and essentially melted with steaming hot water before it can be refined.
This means more fossil fuels need to be burned as part of the extraction process, which further contributes to climate change. It also results in huge lakes of polluted water and the strip-mining of millions of acres of once-pristine boreal forests.
What impacts might it have on the environment?
Like I explained earlier, more fossil fuels need to be burned as part of the extraction process, which further contributes to climate change. Which also results in huge lakes of polluted water and the strip-mining of millions of acres of once-pristine boreal forests. This not only impacts the environment, but is also a threat to humans. Drinking water will become polluted.
What opinion do you have about this pipeline?
Though this would harm the environment and cause water pollution, there are also many benefits to it. This project is the definition of shovel-ready. Almost overnight, Keystone XL would put 9,000 hard-working American men and women directly to work. The U.S. found that the project would support more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs nationwide. The project is also critical to the nation’s energy independence. Though this project provides a few benefits, there are also a few reasons to why it should be banned.
What opinion did Barack Obama have?
President Barack Obama blocked the construction of a controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States in November 2015.
President Donald Trump approved the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline about 6 days ago.
What does Prime Minister Trudeau feel about the pipeline?
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said to have approved and supported President Donald Trump’s decision to revive Keystone XL.