Biden’s Keystone pipeline revocation is actually more dangerous for the environment

Among his many Day One actions, President Joe Biden revoked the presidential permit authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that transports crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries, ostensibly over concerns about climate change and the environmental impact of fossil fuel use.

In doing so, however, Biden might have actually placed the environment at more risk as the oil that would have flowed through the pipeline will instead be transported by rail and truck, methods which generate more air pollution and are more susceptible to accidents and spills.

“Biden is trying to be a ‘green’ hero, but if he truly cared about the environment, he would have left the pipeline in place,” Pete Nestle, a South Dakota resident, told the Washington Examiner. “It’s a hell of a lot more dangerous to move oil by rail. It isn’t rocket science. What he did was purely political.”

The increased environmental risks come in addition to the devastating economic impact of thousands of job losses and higher energy prices — due to greater transportation costs — that were also an immediate result of Biden’s decision to kill the new pipeline system.

Greater risk of accidental spills

According to shipping and transportation website FreightWaves, Biden’s decision to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline permit will not stop the vast oil reserves in Alberta, Canada from being tapped, and all of that oil will still need to be shipped to refineries and transportation hubs all across the continent.

Some of the oil will simply be shifted to flow through other pipelines already in use, but a substantial portion will end up being transported via rail cars and tanker trucks.

That will obviously increase the environmental risks from train and vehicle accidents, which can result in dangerous and toxic spills that can prove deadly for humans and animals at any point along a transportation route.

“If there is an oil leak with transporting the oil through a pipeline, all the dirt that is surrounding the pipe will absorb the oil and contain the spill,” Peter Bardeson, a local union leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, told the Examiner. “By rail cars, if there is a derailment, the oil runs everywhere on the surface. So just picture a tanker car derailment in the middle of small-town America … what an environmental disaster.”

More air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

The potential for more accidents and spills isn’t the only environmental risk caused by Biden’s decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline. The trains and trucks that will still have to transport the valuable oil will create more air pollution in and of themselves, according to a 2017 study conducted in part by Carnegie Mellon University, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh.

The in-depth study looked at the costs associated with transporting crude oil by way of pipelines and trains and trucks, as well as the costs of cleaning up accidents and spills associated with those modes of transportation. That data was compared with estimates for air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that were also associated with the different methods of moving oil.

What the study predictably found is that the costs of the estimated increase in pollution and emissions for rail and truck are vastly higher than for pipelines, as are the costs incurred in cleaning up accidental spills.

In other words, Biden’s political decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline not only results in lost jobs and higher energy prices but will also  increase the risk for toxic spills, deadly accidents, and pollution. What a mess.

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  1. Joe Biden only has half a brain the other part is his pocket book at our expense, the sooner we can get rid of this leech the better off this country and also take C.Harris, N. Pelosi, C Schumer, A Schiff J Nadler for a good start.

    1. So true! He’s as worthless as Teats on a boar hog! His brain would rattle in a thimble like a peanut in a Box car. He seems to be good at sniffing women’s hair and that’s all

    2. Absolutely right on. With the brain he has left, it’s all about enriching himself and his family and he doesn’t care the cost to the nation or people. ME ME ME ME like Obama and his I I I I I I I – givemee its free to me but not to thee.

      And your list of the other parasites’ need to include swallwell – the stand up married with children affair with a chinese spy. Such roll models aren’t they. Then there is Feinstein and Pelosi and the no bid contracts.

      To bad there is no law and order – just everyone with their hands out including the surpremes.

    3. Also transporting oil on ocean barges dumping oil bilge in the waters. DON”T WORRY! The Biden Crime family, John Kerry, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi et al have financial ties & sit on the Boards of global oil corporations doing business in Ukraine and oil-rich Kazakhstan. We might have to go to war in Syria to protect the Biden family’s profits from Iran’s pipeline. THANK GOD for the marines, right?? I’d hate to think of Biden losing any $$$ while stealing the presidency from that “crook” Donald Trump! Can you believe Trump DARED to suggest Ukraine should take a hardline on corruption?? And threatened to withhold $1 BILLION in aid from Ukraine unless the Attorney General got fired to stop his investigation— Oh wait, that’s BIDEN.
      Come on, man!

  2. Through Joe Biden and his entire Administration to the sewer where they all belong. Plus the five democratic Govenors besides Coumo involved in the nursing home scandal .

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  4. Shutting down the pipeline was purely political. Biden could care less about the environment, he had to play to all the “ green new deal” idiots that know nothing. He should re open construction on keystone, and let the real “ experts” handle it. It would save a lot of money, give people their jobs back, and be more expedient in transporting the oil in a safer manner.

  5. Senility at its best! Lack of common sense and straight forward thinking. I guess the arithmetic was not learned in his schooling.

  6. Buffon Biden will get a personal kickback to line his own pocket from China.
    that’s all he wants to do is destroy our United States of America and make himself a dictator, hopefully the RINOS will grow some balls and fix our current mess.

  7. Joe Biden China puppet only paying one billionaire Murdock to start back his rail and trucking the oil overland … hell with the Environment

  8. This is the problem when you leave important decisions of this nature in the hands of government officials. Even the best of them do NOT have the intellectual capacity to make the right decision. Let’s face it, if they’ve studied at all, all these goons have studied is law – and the idiot behind the green new deal hasn’t studied anything. Yet she thinks she knows everything. What’s worse, she thinks she has the right to make far reaching and critical policy decisions without an iota of understanding. And biden’s the biggest goon of the lot. He’s got a forty year record of making the wrong decision, So, of course he’s going to be swayed by the biggest twit in Congress. He’s a sitting duck for her.

    1. yes, i agree, but OAC is only as smart as OBAMA is with feeding her the guidance to bring on the “green deal”… obama, is behind all of this. DON’T COUNT HIM ACT… “TRUST AND VERIFY”…..

  9. AS we watch the dems actions over the last couple of months, reacting to all the political actions on (day one of his) presidence, AND now over the last week or two, they are pushing his “medical” reactons, and trying to send him out to the PASTURE. MY OPINION on what he has done with his Presidents Power, in lieu of acting thru congress and the senate, I’M THINKING THAT WHAT HE HAS DONE IN THE FIRST 2 MONTHS, can be REVOKED due to his dementia and remembering facilities … OF course, this is what “OBAMA” planned for over the last 4 years, to get him back in power, so he can continued to destroy AMERICA… WHAT IS YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS????

  10. As time goes on, it will be much more difficult to dis-band Joe’s handlers. Is everyone just standing by to see what will happen? What they are doing now is mild. However, it won’t be long before their ferocity will come to the surface. Then, we will have mucho problems! They have no morals whatsoever. So their vile actions are an open book as to what they will/can do.

  11. I wonder how many people who actually voted for this idiot are regretting their stupidity?!? As for Biden, he can’t catch his butt with both hands (that is, unless it’s in front of a young girl!!) so what so we do with this disgraceful fool? Why exactly what the democrats wanted! We eventually ditch him, and guess who takes over? OH WHAT A SURPRISE!! This was the plan from the get go! Even the democrats know very well this poor man would never be able to sustain any sense of respectability with foreign diplomats, therefore he was their man to force out! REALLY, NO ONE SAW THIS COMING?!?
    As for Obama, he was elected simply because he is BLACK since he had absolutely no background for the presidency. Sure, he talked a good game, but I was taught, “WORDS ARE CHEAP”, and he was the perfect example!!

  12. Stop using logic with the Democrats, it means nothing. Warren Buffet owns those tank cars and Biden owes him a favor. Buffett is making 2 BILLION Dollars a year moving that oil at 3 times the price of what the pipeline would have cost.

  13. Greed and more corruption, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Bidum hears voices in his head.

  14. Biden slogan, Half Brain, Will Travel. Hence, trip to Texas.
    I guess the Oil Pipeline workers can Drive Transport to move Keystone Oil. That’s the Jobs Biden and Kerry proposed. Duh.

  15. Lets all deal with reality,PRESIDENT BIDEN is truly a mentally sick individual,who doesn’t know WHAT THE HELL HE IS DOING.He is a puppet and his strings are being pulled by Pelosi and Schumer.

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