“The U.S. State Department is ordering the developer of a pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to Texas to reroute it around environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska. That means possibly delaying a final U.S. decision until after the 2012 election.”
Not sure if I should be excited or worried. It’s a smart thing to do on the President’s part since he won’t have to deal with it during the election, but I’m sure it will come up once or twice. It is a very difficult decision that will have to be made, maybe not so difficult if the next President is a Republican. The argument now is that the pipeline will be creating thousands of jobs, jobs that people in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illionois, Oklahoma and Texas would gladly take. The issue with this pipeline is not only is it stretching across the U.S from Canada, but the amount of resources we would get isn’t that substantial.
In another article posted on NPR, Josh Freed VP for the clean energy program at Third Way, mentions that too many U.S trucks rely on oil and that our dependence on it can’t be changed so quickly. “you can’t switch over in one year or five years or 10 years,” he says. “It’s going to take a long time.” I actually think he’s wrong. Because the trucking industry is so huge, if they were to embrace a massive overhaul in the type of trucks they use it would make a large impact on the type of vehicles consumers use. The technology has to be there, sure, but even if they all switched to biofuel and biodiesel trucks it would go a long way towards changing our use of oil in a very short amount of time.
For now we just have to wait and see if the keystone pipeline will be delayed indefinitely or if they’ll start breaking ground at the end of next year.