Rural America's Energy Future should not include Keystone XL Pipeline

The TransCanada Corporation wants to build a 1,980-mile oil pipeline that would carry nearly 38 million gallons of tar sands oil daily from Canada through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and to the Texas Gulf Coast. In order to build, they need a permit from the U.S. State Department.
America should focus on better approaches to securing the energy we need by developing renewable energy, especially renewable approaches to fueling cars.  We should develop the clean energy resources right here in rural America, like wind energy.  In the long-run, hybrid electric cars powered by renewable sources such as wind and low-carbon biofuels will create more jobs and far greater economic opportunity in rural communities while confronting the very real threat of climate change.

Moreover, TransCanada has a tendency to cut corners - proposing to use a thinner walled pipe than normal and operating at higher than recommended pressures.  While the company has backed down from some of those ideas due to public pressure, it calls into question whether the company can be trusted to protect rural America's precious land and water.

We should all remember British Petroleum's oil spill debacle in the Gulf of Mexico.  As then, every American, every rural American in particular, has an interest in the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Sweeping tracts of farm and ranch land, the badlands of South Dakota, the Nebraska Sandhills... the time has come to stop sacrificing rural people and rural places for our addiction to dirty, foreign oil.

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