The Keystone XL Pipeline is one of many energy interests that keep plowing ahead with little regard for ultimate outcomes.
Tar sands, the raw product that the XL Pipeline will presumably handle with flawless precision, is the dirtiest form of energy that exists. Worse than coal, its deployment will dwarf the amount of greenhouse gasses that currently exist.
Additionally, the pipe itself is scheduled to be built directly through the largest potable water supply in the United States. The Ogallala aquifer spans several states and is key to the long term survival of both American agriculture and the American people themselves.
We can’t just go buy a new on once it’s gone. We can’t invent one either.
Even a small leak could destroy this aquifer and take us with it. Considering that TransCanada’s current pipeline infrastructure had over 100 major leaks last year alone, I think it’s unreasonable to assume that they’ve suddenly worked out the bugs just because the right politicians have been paid the right amount of money to allow this disaster.
Check out this video to get a broad overview of the greenhouse situation and then decide for yourself what’s worth more. This is about bloated lifestyles vs. human extinction.