22 Aug '11, 4pm

The New York Times thinks the tar-sands pipeline sucks. Here’s why.

The New York Times has come out with an editorial position on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and it’s unusually definitive, considering that we still have news media trying to represent “both sides” of the climate change “debate.” Here’s how they break it down. Canada and the U.S. want to build a pipeline thousands of miles long from Canada to Texas, to carry bitumen from the tar sands to refineries where it can be turned into fuel. On the one hand, this seems like a good idea: As long as we're stuck with oil, why not buy it from people we can probably annex in an emergency , rather than people who are at least in theory plotting our downfall ? The problem is, a pipeline that long is probably going to leak, and that will be a big nasty mess. Just as important, facilitating the transport and refining of oil from Canada's tar sands will only further perpetuate our addic...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-08-22-the-new-york-times-t...

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