Is it better to have safer oil pipelines or no oil pipelines?
Michigan senators Peters and Stabenow are introducing the Pipeline Improvement and Preventing Spills Act to ban shipping crude oil on the Great Lakes and strengthen federal pipeline safety oversight. The group 350 says oil should be kept in the ground to keep global warming and the resulting climate chaos from getting worse and worse, causing massive loss of lives and property. My thinking is that the Senate should approve the act with added wording that it should be made moot in the near future by replacing dirty energy with clean energy. Living in the slow lane beats speeding to disaster.
I have a five year plan to get all solar including the charging of a piece of crap electric car. I already work from home, combine all trips and we refuse any air conditioning even though it spikes to 100+ here. Our footprint is negligible and will even get smaller. Of course we go in for all the hippie dippy enviro reuse, use less and recycle stuff. We give a hoot and don't pollute.
Crude oil is an interesting natural substance. La Brea Tar Pits are a must see for anyone. "As much as one half of the oil that enters the coastal environment comes from natural seeps of oil and natural gas. These geologic features are known to occur in clusters around the world, such as off the southern coast of California and in the Gulf of Mexico, but are still relatively unstudied," Found here: http://www.whoi.edu/oil/natural-oil-seeps
The Earth The Way We Want It! Is a great concept. And as stewards we should strive for that I suppose. But that is different than the earth the way it is. I flinch and guard my head when I tell people that they are a part of the earth. We have politically correctly spoken ourselves into the mindset that we are somehow not part of the earth. Beavers and beetles can wipe out whole forests. "Wild" fires not man made can "destroy" a million acres in days. And one good volcano can fill the air with more "pollutants" than all of man in the last 100 years.
Crude can be shipped and managed and used to build and supply life saving stuff for babies, from pharmaceuticals to incubators to bottles for water, not to mention cooking their food and keeping them warm.
Constant vigilance is required to keep our environment pristine. Shifting the burden from one locale or natural resource to another is socially irresponsible. All avenues should be kept open for transport and all available resources should be used to keep that transport safe. Nobody ever stopped venereal disease by outlawing sex. Prophylactics in order to contain and restrain fluids seems to work the best, not banning them.
by retief20003 years ago
Obama's wars for oil, is this just the latest?Libya, Yemen and now Iraq/Syria - is this just the latest war for oil that Obama is waging? Libyan oil supplies Italy and France, the war there was to protect that flow....
by Credence24 months ago
Keystone Pipeline spills 210000 gallons of oil?This one is a problem and why I am POed over this holiday season. Obama was wise to withhold support for the pipeline in recognition of just such an outcome.Where are the...
by KT Banks5 years ago
How many of us even knew about his? I didn't. And it scares me...Is it really the truth? I would Love to hear your thoughts about this. http://youtu.be/FEMi9-WZQqU
by Shyron E Shenko13 months ago
Is Vladimir Putin in the Market for Canada’s tar-sand oil, knowing trump will approve Keystone XL?Do people in the U.S. believe that Americans will be hired by the Canadian company to lay their Canadian pipeline...
by Gary Anderson8 years ago
The goal was oil, not terrorism. It is well documented that Bush could care less about Bin Laden. Why do you suppose that was? Don't you ever wonder? Here is the answer: http://www.pissedonpolitics.com/2007/05 …...
by road2hell6 years ago
Gee, the easiest solution to our energy crisis and dependency of foreign oil, is to grow our own oil! Hemp oil can run our vehicles, you can make plastics out it, and you can make flour, breads and our nutritious...
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