Sixty-six Percent of Americans in Favor of Keystone XL Pipeline
Un-fuckin’-real. According to a new Pew Poll, 66% of Americans are in favor of building the Keystone XL pipeline. Only 23% are opposed.
Supposedly the original inhabitants of Easter Island died off after they had used up the last of their resources. There was no more food, and the last tree had been cut down, so they couldn’t even build a boat to go somewhere else.
Has the human race gotten any smarter since then? [see above]
Last week’s Exxon Mobil pipeline rupture in Arkansas is just a preview of what we can expect if/when the Keystone XL Pipeline is built. Thousands of barrels of crude oil flooded streets and people’s lawns and killed some of the local wildlife.
Can’t wait ‘til this starts happening on a massive scale.
And there’s more good news (if you’re a tar sands oil executive). The type of crude oil that’s being carried in the Exxon Mobil pipeline through Arkansas — and will be transported through the Keystone XL Pipeline — is actually NOT oil. I mean, it pollutes like oil, and it gets all over everything and kills wildlife, just like oil.
But thanks to a law written in 1980, the tar sands oil being transported through pipelines is NOT classified as oil. And because tar sands oil technically/legally isn’t oil, the companies transporting tar sands oil are NOT required to pay into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. This is the fund that ensures there will be enough money to pay for the cleanup of oil spills.
Producers of “conventional” oil are required to pay eight cents per barrel into this fund. But tar sands oil producers and transporters don’t have to pay into it, since tar sands oil isn’t oil.
Somebody should tell the residents of Mayflower, Arkansas (site of last week’s tar sands oil spill) to cheer up. That’s not oil gushing into their yards and covering their pets — it’s just tar sands oil.