Voices: Ethical or dirty?

As the White House considers the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the rhetoric heats up.

(Photo: Tar Sand and Action/Flickr)

“A controversial oilsands pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast is one step closer to being approved. In an environmental report…the U.S. State Department says the Keystone XL pipeline poses ‘no significant impacts to most resources,’ and risk of potential environmental impacts are low. The highly criticized line would flow up to 830,000 barrels of crude each day along the 2,735-km line. The pipeline route travels through Montana, Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota, delivering the crude to southern Texas and Oklahoma.”

Tanara McLean
“U.S. nearing Keystone XL pipeline decision,” Edmonton Sun

“U Can’t Drink Oil OR Money!”
sign at July 26 anti-pipeline protest in Omaha, Neb.

“The fear-mongering about aquifers being polluted and wildlife habitat being destroyed has no basis in reality. On the contrary, plans call for a state-of-the-art system, subject to rigorous inspections.”

editorial, Chicago Tribune

“The little-known federal agency [the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration] charged with monitoring the system…is chronically short of inspectors and lacks the resources needed to hire more, leaving too much of the regulatory control in the hands of pipeline operators themselves, according to federal reports, and examination of agency data and interviews with safety experts.”

Dan Frosch and Janet Roberts
“Pipeline spills put safeguards under scrutiny,” New York Times

“Obama wants job creation. Well, TransCanada, the pipeline’s sponsor, says the project should result in 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs. Most would be American.”

Robert J. Samuelson
“Say yes to Canadian oil sands,” Washington Post

“We should be refining it in Alberta, and we should make [that] public policy of the province.”

Peter Lougheed
former Alberta premier, via CBC Radio

“#Keystone pipeline will offset the US imports of Venezuelan oil w/ CDN oil. Why does the left prefer Hugo Chavez’s oil to CDA’s ethical oil?”

Jason Kenney
Calgary MP and federal cabinet minister, via Twitter

“The night you were nominated for president, you told the world that under your leadership…the rise of the oceans will begin to slow and the planet will begin to heal. You spoke of creating a clean energy economy. This is a critical moment to make good on that pledge.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and seven other Nobel Laureates
open letter to President Obama

“Our job is to make sure it’s a fact-based decision, on merit….If it’s political, you don’t know which way that’s going.”

Gary Doer
Canada’s ambassador to the United States, via the Canadian Press