by Greg Krehbiel on 27 January 2014
Opposition to the Keystone Pipeline has always seemed naive to me — at least in this respect. The opponents seem to think that it’s a choice between building the pipeline (oh no, that’s evil) and stopping it, therefore inaugurating the age of renewables.
That’s naive and counter-factual. Canada is going to produce the oil. If we don’t take it, they’ll haul it farther and sell it to the Chinese. Is that better? It means a longer pipeline, and then transport by ship to a country with worse environmental standards. How is that an improvement?
Opposing pipelines also increases the amount of oil that is transported by rail, which is far more dangerous.
The opponents seem to think that if they can make it harder and harder to do those nasty hydrocarbon projects, wind and solar will finally catch on and the world will be wonderful.
That’s not the way the real world works, but … everybody has their sacred values, right?
-- 2014-01-27 » Greg Krehbiel