a reply to: lakenheath24
Hoo, boy, you really need to keep up.
The Keystone pipeline extension, which is the controversial part of the Keystone pipeline, is not pumping, and has never pumped, anything. That
extension doesn't even directly bring oil from Canada to the US; it allows areas in the US (Montana and surrounding areas) to access our own reserves.
The refusal to allow completion of the KXL segment means that oil reserves in the United States is going unused.
The Enbridge Line 5 we are discussing is pumping oil, yes... at 50% capacity. The area in question is where it crosses the Great Lakes. That section
is two 20" pipes running across the lakebed, one of which has been hit with a tugboat anchor and is shut down. The solution is to bury those lines in
the bedrock under the lakes to prevent such accidents from happening in the future (and to secure other utility lines that need to cross in that
area)... but Michigan, with Governor Witless at the helm, has decided that they do not want the pipeline buried away from anchors and other such
hazards. Her obvious purpose is to ensure that both lines are closed down; it is only a matter of time until another anchor hits the operational
I never claimed the Colonial hack was connected... although I recently heard from a software engineer I know who specializes in cybersecurity that
after they paid the ransom, the encryption key didn't work so they had to go to backups to reopen. Now, why would they pay the ransom if they had
backups to begin with? Something about this story isn't making sense.
The break in the I-40 bridge did not happen overnight. As you say, that is a break, not a crack, but it started as a crack. It's been there for years.
Why no one noticed it is somewhat of a mystery. Is it not quite the coincidence that it is discovered now, right after the Colonial situation and just
as Witless is trying to completely close Line 5? I think it is.
Joe Biden has also placed a complete moratorium on new drilling on Federal lands, as well as indicated that present drilling operations will be under
extreme scrutiny... a politically expedient way to say they will be shut down as soon as they can find a way to invalidate the leases. That's even
more oil reserves in the US that cannot be accessed.
Now, you tell me, if we refuse to use our own oil, and if we start restricting access to Canadian oil (you posted a link earlier that showed over half
of our oil comes form Canada), where will we get oil? Surely you're not one of those people who think that someone will wave a magic wand and solar
plants will suddenly appear that have solved all the technical difficulties? Surely you are not one of those people who think that every fuel station
will have a fast charger where their pumps used to be in the space of a weekend?
No, we will continue to require oil to power transportation. If we can't get it from one place, we will be forced to get it from another. If the price
goes up for consumers, so be it. People will still pay for fuel to travel to work and home, people will still need to drive to get supplies, those
supplies will continue to be trucked in, and the military will not shut itself down. Where does most of the oil on the planet historically come from?
The Middle East.
Ever heard of OPEC? They're jumping for joy at these actions.
Ever heard of Russia? Low oil prices globally have kept them from becoming an economic superpower; they have plenty of oil reserves and they are happy
to use them... or would be if they could afford the infrastructure. With higher oil prices, they will be able to do just that.
Ever heard of China? They're screaming for oil! They're using the stuff as fast as they can ship it in! I'm sure they will be happy to have a line of
tankers running between China and Canada. Hey, if we don't buy Canadian oil, do you really think the Canadians will simply shrug their shoulders and
quit selling oil period?
Stop and think about what is happening. We're going back into the Middle East, full force, and the midwest is going to be the catalyst by forcing fuel
prices to skyrocket at best, and closing the area down over fuel rationing at worst. One does not need a headline to see that coming.