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Nebraska Senator Speaks Out Against Keystone XL Pipeline

October 15, 2010

TransCanada Keystone System Map. Numbers refer to barrels per day initially expected to be shipped/barrels per day that could eventually be shipped.

Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska has sent the U.S. Department of State a letter saying that until significant questions about the Keystone XL pipeline are addressed, he cannot support it. He questions the project’s environmental impact statement, expressing great concern about the project’s current route through the Nebraska sand hills.

The Senator’s press release is here.

His letter to the State Department is here.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Adam Szczesny union member permalink
    October 18, 2010 3:39 pm

    This senetor of nebraska is a fool killing jobs what has he done for us if we dont use this oil it will be sent to China. It is’t the cleanest burning oil but how much power and oil will it use to ship it over sea’s.

    • Cole permalink
      December 9, 2010 12:27 am

      First off, in the English language we use this lovely thing called punctuation. More specifically, we use the period at the end of the sentence. Something you obviously don’t know how to use.

      Second, if you think that China currently uses any real amount of American petroleum exports, your wrong. The United States ends up selling most of its own reserves.

      Third, this pipeline is a joke. Getting it to pass will only give temporal jobs, giving no real boost to the American economy; in addition, just fattening petroleum corporation pockets.
      Get an education sir.

      • Joel permalink
        August 30, 2011 5:03 pm

        Easy there grammar police.
        – It’s “you’re not your”.

        Get an education…

  2. Travis permalink
    November 11, 2011 11:15 am

    Why not just build an oil refinery in Montana or North Dakota? That would eliminate the need for such a long pipeline and provide a source of fuel for the midwest.

    • November 11, 2011 6:13 pm

      Montana and North Dakota already have refineries, but not with this kind of capacity. These refineries are already handling some amount of tar sands bitumen, but massive upgrades would be necessary to handle the capacity of Keystone XL, and then transportation of the finished product would become an issue. By pipelining the diluted bitumen to the Gulf Coast, TransCanada moves it into global markets, which makes the product worth more. Nice for TransCanada, but bad news for anybody who buys petroleum products in the U.S. Most analyses show that the pipeline would increase US gas prices. Tar sands are only economic when oil is over $70 or so per barrel. This is a peak oil product, and we’ll pay more for it.


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