06 Apr '15, 10pm

Why more pipelines won’t solve the problem of oil-train explosions

In the last few years, the grassroots environmental movement has energetically opposed constructing big new oil pipelines in North America. Their opposition is understandable, since, on a global level, fossil fuel infrastructure encourages fossil fuel consumption, contributing to climate change, and, on a local level, oil pipelines leak and explode. But conservatives have been delighted to argue that greens are endangering the public and being short-sighted. Oil that comes out of the ground has to get to market somehow, and currently a huge amount of it is being shipped on freight trains. The result? An epidemic of oil train derailments, causing spills and even deadly explosions. Is it fair to blame activists for this? Should climate hawks throw in the towel and accept Keystone XL as the lesser evil? No and no — and I’ll explain two key reasons why. First: Much of the oil ...

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