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The Wicked Brew That Would Be Transported in the Keystone XL Pipeline

The pipeline isn't for oil, it's for a toxic fossil fuel cocktail called “DilBit.”

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Yet another unique DilBit hazard: in a pipeline rupture, diluents can explode—natural gas condensates so flammable they can even set raw bitumen on fire. Burning raw bitumen boils up toxic clouds containing a gas lethal in minute concentrations: hydrogen sulfide.

Emergency personnel responding to a DilBit pipeline eruption must be fully trained and equipped to deal with hydrogen sulfide drifting toward populated areas. The gas is heavier than air, creating severe exposure potential because it hugs the ground, pooling in hollows, canyons, valleys...populated areas, generally.

U.S. Best Interests

TransCanada so rarely tells the truth, when it happens it’s an event—especially when something as profound as Keystone XL being “...a boon for corporate profits, but a burden for American consumers” is spilled.

Keystone XL is a pipeline for the blackest goo that ever shined doom in all colors.

$5.2 billion and counting has been spent to extend fossil-fuel dependence -- $5.2 billion that could have funded energies that offer a future.

The whole job-creation scenario wilts in light of the new-energy jobs taken away by pursuing bitumen as an energy source.

How could a product destined for the global market be spoken of in terms of U.S. energy security? Besides, even at maximum exploitation, Dilbit could supply only about 2% of U.S. energy consumption.

Keystone XL’s threat to vital U.S. resources peaks out by crossing nineteen miles of the Ogallala aquifer with zero special precautions.

Latest polls show battle lines being drawn between disinformation, and awareness. Disinformation has healthy financial backing. Awareness faces austerity, if not poverty.

A flash of light: the L.A. Times’ recent online poll has 25% of respondents saying yes to construction of Keystone XL, while 75% say no.

Barack Obama is in the sticky situation of trying to sell a pipeline squeezing DilBit through the U.S. heartland, to feed the international market, as somehow in the nation’s best interests. Extreme public risk for nothing but corporate profits. Or, as TransCanada put it “...a boon for corporate profits, but a burden for American consumers.”

Keystone XL is a tar baby if ever there was one.

Does the President have the cojones to, at least for the sake of public health, stand up and say no to Big Tar?

 

Rand Clifford lives in Spokane, Washington. His novels, CASTLING, TIMING, and Priest Lake Cathedral, are published by StarChief Press.

 
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