The editorial board at The Harvard Crimson recently published an overview of the facts about the Keystone XL pipeline that make it a commonsense step toward making America more energy independent. Here are the reasons that the Crimson staff believe that the KXL “should not be a political issue.”
Canadian oil sands will continue to be developed whether or not the KXL is built.
“There are currently no assurances that rejecting the pipeline would prevent Canada from producing and transporting millions of barrels of oil-sands. In the first quarter of 2014, Canada shipped over 165 thousand barrels of crude oil per day via rail alone. Moreover, there are several other pipelines being built—such as TransCanada’s Energy East project—that have the capacity to transport over a million barrels of oil every day (a far greater capacity than the KXL).”
Alternative energy is catching up, but America still depends on oil-producing nations.
“Until all Americans have easy and affordable access to alternative energy, it would be preferable for the United States to lessen its dependence on oil from the Middle East, especially given the instability in that region and Saudi Arabia’s consistent infringements on personal liberties. The Keystone pipeline would provide such an avenue.”
At the end of the day, the KXL is one of many sound choices American politicians can make to move the country closer to energy stability.
“This is why, upon receiving the last of his reports, President Obama should make a decision on whether or not to build the pipeline as quickly as possible, in a manner uncolored by political ideology. We hope that we will be able to quickly move past this specific debate and start focusing on the more important issue: fighting climate change.”