The pro-pipeline people resort to bald-faced lies, endlessly repeated. My every attempt to debunk them on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has been rebuffed.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- The oil patch promises safe pipelines and state of the art spill cleanup. Modern technology can help prevent spills, but once you have a spill into water, the best you hope to recover is 5% of the spilled oil and 0% of the spilled bitumen. The crucial problem with bitumen is it sinks.
- Politicians love to promise they will reduce greenhouse gases while simultaneously increasing Canadian tar sands sales. That is impossible. Every barrel of crude oil sold increases CO₂ emissions by 317 kg (698.87 lbs) (about ⅓ of a tonne, 2.3 times the weight of the oil). And that does not even count the CO₂ emissions created during the drilling of the oil. That is basic chemistry.
- Pro-pipeline people argue the only thing holding them back from infinite wealth is the lack of pipelines. Alberta tar sand oil is the most expensive to produce in the world. Even with 100 pipelines, nobody is going to buy it when instead they can buy dirt cheap oil on the open market.
- Mayor Naheed Nenshi (1972-02-02 age:45), the mayor of Calgary, argues we should screw our grandchildren. We should sell and burn all the oil now before society gets serious about climate change. He is trying to trick you into thinking burning oil now has no long term consequences. The CO₂ stays in the atmosphere over 1000 years.
- Pro-pipeliners say that there is no choice other than pipelines and transporting crude by rail. If you press them, they will admit there is an unthinkable third alternative, leaving the oil in the ground. They conveniently forget the option of making do with existing pipelines or with upgrades to them.
- None of them admit oil is a sunset industry, and that it thus makes no sense to make large, long term investments in it.