Keystone and the big lie

Why neither Canada’s most controversial pipeline, nor Alberta’s oil sands, are key to saving the planet​

Today I’m going to explain why the green movement’s attempt to portray Canada’s oil sands as a carbon bomb that will finish off the planet, with the Keystone XL pipeline as the fuse, is nonsense.

I’m going to do it not by rejecting the theory of anthropogenic (man-made) climate change, but by subscribing to it. How then, can Canada’s oil sands be irrelevant to that effort, after all the fiery rhetoric we’ve heard about it being the dirtiest oil on Earth?

First off, it’s not the dirtiest oil on Earth.

The dirtiest oil on Earth comes from Nigeria.

The dirtiest oil in North America comes from California.

h/t Marvin

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  • winniec

    Pipelines, rather than pipe DREAMS, junk science and magic-unicorn-free-lunch engineering.
    There’s no free lunch in energy.

    • Observer

      But I heard that the LGBTQ2SAxyz enviroMENTALists have found a perpetual free energy machine to solve all these problems for them: the working class (of which none of them are really a member since they don’t contribute anything to society).

  • The Goat

    You’ve found the capital letters again.

    • ntt1

      stop eating them.

  • ntt1

    Like most progressive causes this resistance to oil is purely emotional and rejects any facts that undermine the feeling that pipelines are bad. On the one hand we have the new bill c51 that will drastically limit protestors ability to blockade projects but the same bill will also lead to drastic reduction in the freedom of speech by those deemed a threat to security by CSIS.Not just curtailing rioting but blogging as well.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …the Greenie’s living nightmare…

    • Exile1981

      I think some of the feeder lines are missing and I know the distribution lines are as well. Actually I think this graphic only shows lines above a certain diameter.
      The one big line shown running through Ontario is actually 4 lines in parallel as well.

    • DMB

      The old saying goes that all roads lead to Rome. That may not be true but it seems that all pipelines lead to Texas.

      • Clausewitz

        Because they have the majority of the refining resources in North America.

    • Observer

      But if the enviroMENTALists don’t stop this they will lose all funding from the Middle East.

  • Alain

    No a single one of these marxist idiots is willing to forsake his or her lifestyle which dependent on oil both directly and indirectly. They should be rounded up and sent where not a single oil dependent benefit exists; in other words force them to walk the talk.

  • Millie_Woods

    Keystone isn’t going ahead with oil at $45 a barrel, US production peaking and reserves almost filled to capacity.

  • Clausewitz

    They should pass a law that if you are found to be a member of one of these radical envirowhacko groups, and you are found using the multitude of oil based products that they moan about, they should bring back the stocks and tag them with “Hypocritical Asshole” banners draped around their necks.