23 Dec '11, 9pm

The Two Biggest Myths About the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Debunked

Jungbim via Wikimedia Commons /CC BY-NC 2.0 There are really only two recurrent arguments the GOP trots out to defend the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that the oil industry wants to build across a 1,700 mile stretch of middle America. Both are almost entirely fabricated, but they're the best pipeline proponents can do ("because the oil industry want us to" evidently doesn't play well with most Americans). The first is the ethical oil nonsense, which goes like this: If we build this pipeline, we'll be getting more oil from a "friendly" neighbor, Canada, not some big, scary, nasty country like Saudi Arabia or Nigeria. This argument is totally false--the oil piped through the Midwest has been shown time and again to be destined for the international market. That black gold is getting shipped out to the highest bidder, and will do little to sate the United State's domestic e...

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