Canada just approved its own domestic version of the Keystone XL pipeline

posted at 3:21 pm on June 18, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

And the exercise in futility that was the eco-radicals’ ludicrous mission to kill the Keystone XL pipeline reaches its inevitable, inglorious zenith. Via the AP:

Canada’s government on Tuesday approved a controversial pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia, a major step in the country’s efforts to diversify its oil exports if it can overcome fierce opposition from environmental and aboriginal groups.

Approval for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project was expected as Canada needs infrastructure in place to export its growing oil sands production. The project’s importance has only grown since the U.S. delayed a decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The northern Alberta region has the world’s third largest oil reserves, with 170 billion barrels of proven reserves.

Enbridge’s pipeline would transport 525,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific to deliver oil to Asia, mainly energy-hungry China. About 220 large oil tankers a year would visit the Pacific coast town of Kitimat and opponents fear pipeline leaks and a potential tanker spill on the pristine Pacific coast.

The United States receives the single largest share of its oil imports from Canada, and the proposed Keystone pipeline extension would have carried an average of 830,000 barrels of oil/day from Alberta’s oil sands south to our refineries in the Midwest and the Gulf (along with crude from North Dakota, which just hit production output of 1 million barrels per day, by the way). Without our cooperation, however, Canada started to look into tapping new markets in Asia and building their own infrastructure. The Northern Gateway may still face some court challenges from environmentalist groups and has a lot of safety regulations it needs to meet, but I think it’s safe to say this pipeline is probably happening.

Again, this raises the befuddling question of what these eco-radical groups believe they have achieved in blocking the Keystone XL pipeline — other than publicly tearing down what they themselves had deliberately built into a symbol of everything eeevil about the fossil-fuel industry — because the practical result has been a higher rate of the deadly accidents and environmental disasters that they claim they wanted to prevent. Via Politico:

In the 11 months since a runaway oil train derailed in the middle of a small town in Quebec, incinerating 47 people, the rolling virtual pipelines have unleashed crude oil into an Alabama swamp, forced more than 1,000 North Dakota residents to evacuate, dangled from a bridge in Philadelphia and smashed into an industrial building near Pittsburgh. The latest serious accident was April’s fiery crash in Lynchburg, Virginia, where even the mayor had been unaware oil was rolling through his city. …

This year has already shattered the record for property damage from U.S. oil-train accidents, with a toll exceeding $10 million through mid-May — nearly triple the damage for all of 2013. The number of incidents so far this year — 70 — is also on pace to set a record.

Almost every region of the U.S. has been touched by an oil-train incident. These episodes are spreading as more refineries take crude from production hot spots like North Dakota’s Bakken region and western Canada, while companies from California and Washington state to Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida build or expand terminals for moving oil from trains to barges, trucks or pipelines.

Oil train spills since 2009

 


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Chinese CO2 isn’t as dangerous as USA CO2

So there. Take that you conservatives

txdoc on June 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM

We just need another 10 or 20 years to consider it, that’s all.

climbnjump on June 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Ship the oil to China, our possible enemy or at least strong rival. And cut down our own power plants and vital energy generating capacity for a meager cut in CO2 emissions while China increases its CO2 output tenfold. Cut ourselves down. That’s the warmist econut creed.

anotherJoe on June 18, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Seriously, good for them!

It’s taken years but the world is finally seeing through this obama fella for what he really is – nothing.

Lance Corvette on June 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I do believe that the Canadians told the US this would be the end result of further delays in approving the XL pipeline. Barky called their bluff – sooper genius!

D-fusit on June 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Chinese CO2 isn’t as dangerous as USA CO2

So there. Take that you conservatives

And yet I’m still hungry.

cbenoistd on June 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

And btw it’s going to take a lot more CO2 to transport the heavy oil all the way to China. That proves that it’s not about CO2 for the eco-warmist loons. There goal is simply to inflict pain — on ourselves. It’s about cutting ourselves down. Not our enemies. Ourselves.

anotherJoe on June 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Team SCOAMT is cheering because that will necessarily lessen Enbridge’s desire for Keystone XL and because the ChiComs are Communists (though not sufficiently like the North Koreans to be held up as idols).

Steve Eggleston on June 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Obama:

“There are those who say we should completely abandon rail in this country, and build huge pipelines from everywhere to everywhere. That’s just wrong-headed thinking.
The real problem is our aging rail infrastructure. That’s why I’m proposing we invest a bazillion dollars in our rail systems, which will create jobs right here in the USA that can’t be exported.”

Dems/Libs/Envirowackos:

“HUZZAH! HUZZAH! ABOLISH THE 22ND AMENDMENT!”

Marcola on June 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Y’know, it does occur to me:

If we’re really going to be the world’s largest producer of petroleum, shouldn’t we be building pipelines to export oil, rather than to import it…?

JohnGalt23 on June 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

OT..is anyone else but me about to throw up from all those witchy Hilliary photos the last day or two on these threads.

txdoc on June 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

About 220 large oil tankers a year would visit the Pacific coast town of Kitimat

Time to buy some real estate in Kitimat.

Occams Stubble on June 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Good news for Alberta, good news for Canada.

J.B. Say on June 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Obama is the worst president ever in my lifetime.

SC.Charlie on June 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Why Kitimat, over Prince Rupert?

Another Drew on June 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

As long as we have a steady, stable flow of oil from the Persian Gulf, who needs a pipeline from Canada?

Oh … wait

HarryBackside on June 18, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Marcola on June 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I thought Progs were only interested in Light-Rail within large urban areas?

Another Drew on June 18, 2014 at 4:02 PM

It’s not a done deal (according to how the BBC reported it)-they’re getting resistance up there, too.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Obama is the worst president ever in my lifetime

FIFY

txdoc on June 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Not a done deal, but likely a move to pressure the US to approve XL. Another action in the game of chicken. I applaud the move.

bhj on June 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Canada’s government on Tuesday approved a controversial pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia

Impossible! A decision of this magnitude requires years of study by the most intellectual people at the highest levels of government.

tommer74 on June 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM

anotherJoe on June 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

I’m confident that all those tankers will be wind and solar powered.

Another Drew on June 18, 2014 at 4:21 PM

With the lefties it isn’t about reality. It’s about symbolism.

crankyoldlady on June 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

anotherJoe on June 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

I’m confident that all those tankers will be wind and solar powered.

Another Drew on June 18, 2014 at 4:21 PM

As long as those tankers don’t tip over – or does the threat of that happening, only apply to islands like Guam?

Hill60 on June 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

This means the eco-nuts will want to ban trains next. Except they won’t get cooperation from the train owners for that, so it probably won’t happen. Unless Obama decides he can get away with it.

Fenris on June 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

We showed the Canadians, didn’t we? Now let’s go import some oil from Iraq. Oh wait. . .

COgirl on June 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Seriously, good for them!

It’s taken years but the world is finally seeing through this obama fella for what he really is – nothing.

Lance Corvette on June 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

What a passive-aggressive SOB.

He gets his way – happy greens and non-riled unions – by making other people react to his non-action.

Buck Farky on June 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I will laugh myself silly the first time a Red Chinese oil tanker breaks up on the beaches of Malibu in sight of fat Al’s beachside villa.

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

It’s not a done deal (according to how the BBC reported it)-they’re getting resistance up there, too.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

The ‘resistance’ in Canada is funded by Arab oil sheikhs working in concert with the big US multi-billion dollar multinational environmental companies.

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I do believe that the Canadians told the US this would be the end result of further delays in approving the XL pipeline. Barky called their bluff – sooper genius!

D-fusit on June 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Well, this is just another thing that Obama has touched that was”gold” for the USA but like all the other things he has meddled with has turn to Sh*t!

Bakokitty on June 18, 2014 at 4:58 PM

I love the fact that Erika is still posting here. Her posts are great, and they upset coolrepublica.

blink on June 18, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I like that you are still posting, please don’t quit.

Bakokitty on June 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

“It doesn’t make any difference – it will take 10 years before that could be done” —— I have heard that crap from the dems / leftists / eco-socialists for 40 years. In the mean time we have enriched our enemies with TRILLIONS of our dollars by buying their oil instead of producing our own oil and gas.

Lew in Colorado on June 18, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I can’t wait to hear Teleprompter Jesus’s reply!

Something like “Being rendered meaningless makes me very angry. Very angry indeed!” in a Marvin the Martian voice.

Tard on June 18, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Why Kitimat, over Prince Rupert?

Another Drew on June 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Year round deep water access – already approved for VLCC’s and ULCC’s up to 320,000 tons.

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Good article / post Erika! The use of the stats re the rail accidents resulting from not using pipelines highlights the vapidity of the watermelon argument against Keystone XL.

Canada will still prefer to sell to the US – but if the US Administration remains watermelon – then they need to do what’s next best for Canada. That’s selling to Japan, Taiwan, PRC, and Western Europe.

One of the requirements for the next US Administration is for a realistic energy program that includes not only expanding production, but also expanding refining capabilities and capacities.

Athos on June 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

When I heard this last night I went into a rage but If I was Harper I would do the same thing and not wait a second longer on this OBABma bas Tard. What an ass I hope he disappears as fast as he came on the political scene.

garydt on June 18, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I like that you are still posting, please don’t quit.

Bakokitty on June 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Thanks, this means quite a bit to me, but I’m just planning a temporary quit. Maybe I’m deluded, but I think the hibernation sends a necessary message and maybe it will be good to remove a major source of troll food (me).

blink on June 18, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Naah. When a good poster leaves that just hands the trolls another win, and they can get all the food they need from the main articles.

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Them enviro-nazis sure is smart, ain’t they?

GarandFan on June 18, 2014 at 7:02 PM

All I can say some CO2s are more equal than others…

jimver on June 18, 2014 at 8:24 PM

America is doomed. Amnesty will finish us off.

While we’re circling the bowl in preparation for the big plunge, enjoy your $6 per gallon gas this summer, thanks to leftists and enviro-nuts all over the nation and the White House.

Meople on June 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Fundamental Rule:
If you cannot MINE it, then you have to GROW it.
(“IT” is a global variable that defines EVERYTHING.)

OT but … things are getting a litte scary in Nogales.
I’m assuming your local news outlets haven’t brought this “invasion” to your attention.
More fun and games from the C student administration brought to you by the low information voters who gave us King Mexifornia Putt.

Missilengr on June 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM