The Pardu

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Keystone Pipeline: A Catastrophe! Will Obama Give The Kochs an "XL" Northern Leg?

The United States is pipe-lined to the level of 2.5 million structures. From Natural Gas, through Oil, to all commodities, the nation has more pipelines than highway and Interstate systems.

Havre Daily Corrector illustrates an America pipe-lined even more busy than Google US Maps.

The first map is of natural gas pipelines in the U.S.  The second map is of pipeline systems for all commodities in the U.S. and Canada and The last map is existing major oil pipelines in the U.S.  Be sure and take a look at all the entire story posted on the U.S. Global website

Pipelines spill! 

The number of spills over the past two decades paint a dire picture of oil spills (alone).  If you are fortunate enough to have lived life during days of old, you will recall a poignant motto.

The motto has deep significance even today.

Pipelines are man-made structures. All man-made structures are fallible and lend to deterioration. Thus.......
"Have Pipeline, Will Spill."
Pipelines spill! 

If you look to the lower right of the following infogrpahic the reasons for spills drives home a critical point. The point: reasons for spills. It is impossible to avoid spills! According to the infographic, eighty-seven per cent  of all spills between 2002 and 2011 were the result of inescapable or unavoidable factors.  Equipment failure and human error are unavoidable. Corrosion is inescapable.

The New York Times: Two Decades of Oil Spills! 

The most recent report of a pipeline mishap occurred within the past 72 hours in rural Missouri. Apparently, a natural gas pipeline, for some inexplicable reason, exploded.


Additional Missouri explosion sources: Fox 4 KC; KCTV 5

If you scroll up to the first pipeline map on the page, you will see a stark reality. The Keystone XL Pipeline, has a pipeline fissure that crosses the state of Missouri. The Eastern boarder of the state is carved-out by the nation's major inland waterway: The Mississippi River. How long will it take for the pipeline to via mishap pollute the Mississippi River?

According to some reports the Koch brothers will gain $100 billion form the completed XL Pipeline. While Forbes and Breitbart (I find that outlet intriguing) claim the 100 billion is not an accurate figure.  Forbes makes the distinction revenue is a different animal from profit. The Forbes writer settles-in on an approximate $7 billion from the completed project. I seriously  doubt the Forbes figures and I damned well believe nothing I read related to Breitbart Dot Com.  We place far more credence in a report from Envirosagainstwar Dot Org, here

There is yet another far less than credible voice for the XL Pipeline. 

Advice from this man isn't worth the wasted breathe it to to exude it.  George W. Bush's comments via Aibafs Dot Com
“Build the damn thing.” 
Mr. Bush’s advice came as he was keynote speaker at the annual Developing Unconventionals, or DUG, energy conference. 
“I think the goal of the country ought to be ‘how do we grow the private sector?’ That ought to be the laser-focus of any administration. And therefore, once that’s the goal, an issue like Keystone pipeline becomes a no-brainer,” Mr. Bush said, according to "Keystone-XL-Pipeline-Will-Create-Jobs-Build-the-Damn-Thing” a recording obtained by Breitbart. 
“So what should a concerned administration do? If private sector growth is the goal and Keystone pipeline creates 20,000 new private sector jobs,” he said. 
“Build the damned thing.” 
A much more credible screed on the Keystone Project. 

We wonder how may people in the United States actually give one-eight of a damn what George W. Bush and Dick Cheney think. In fact, there presences in media is an indictment of the media. If the former flailed leaders were in any way relevant, the GOP would have each work towards their mid-term and general elections campaigns.

Yet each man is plastered across news broadcast as reliably as commercials.

Keystone XL is a catastrophe in the making. We applaud President Obama ongoing resistance to approving the Northern Leg of the project.

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