Essay on Keystone Xl : A Pipeline Fueling Debate

1623 Words Oct 14th, 2014 7 Pages
Keystone XL: A Pipeline Fueling Debate The Keystone Pipeline XL, a large pipeline that has been proposed to transport oil from the Canada to the United States, has led to controversy recently. Why is there so much debate, you may ask, when it has, “the support of an increasing number of Democrats, as well as the vast majority of Republicans in Congress” (Steinhauer, 2012)? There are many disputes between political parties and groups in the U.S., but what is special about the Keystone Pipeline is that the support is not one sided. While a political party may share similar interests, core belief groups lie within these parties that separate them even more. To understand this and why there is not one hundred percent of either party approving, one must understand these core belief and whether that belief supports the pipeline. The Keystone Pipeline XL is a debatable piece in recent politics, so to understand who is exactly for or against it, the pipeline must be explained through three pertinent ideologies: classical liberalism, traditional conservatism, and environmentalism. The Keystone Pipeline XL is a project proposed and funded by TransCanada, a Canadian oil and refining company, to build a “proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alta., and extending south to Steele City, Neb” (TransCanada, N.D.). The Keystone XL is a proposed part of the Keystone Pipeline System, which transports crude oil to Steele City, Nebraska and…

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