The Keystone Xl Pipeline And Its Effects On The Environment And Climate, And Creates Effective Jobs

1097 Words Nov 16th, 2015 null Page
Imagine a forest with unnatural beauty: trees with thick, green leaves, healthy wildlife, and clear water from streams. Now imagine that same exact forest with the Keystone XL Pipeline running through it: wilted and discolored leaves, sick wildlife, and streams smothered in black oil. There was an article published, arguing that the pipeline should be built because it is the safest way to move tar sands oil, does not affect the environment and climate, and creates effective jobs. However, the Keystone XL Pipeline is actually a dangerous way to move oil, affects the environment negatively, and does not create effective jobs. In the article, one of the reasons the author wants the pipeline to be built is because it is the safest way to move oil. “Studies show that tar sands pipelines are more vulnerable to leaks than those carrying traditional crude because of the oil’s corrosive nature (NRDC, 1).” An example supporting this was the oil leak near a small town in Arkansas that sent 210,000 gallons of oil barreling though the streets, leaving residents with respiratory problems, nausea, and headaches. Another example is the 2010 tar sands disaster in Western Michigan, which has been deemed the most expensive onshore oil spill in US history. The cleanup is still continuing and has cost an estimated $1 billion so far. This also proves that although people claim that leak detection and clean-up methods are the most modern and efficient, they are inadequate and disappointing at…

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