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Climate activists are planning a demonstration this Sunday in Washington D.C. to apply fresh pressure on the President to reject the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, according to Ben Geman who writes in The Hill.
Their main argument is that approving TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline project will accelerate carbon dioxide emissions to dangerous levels.
But the oil fields are going to be developed, regardless of what the President says. It has been often stated if the pipeline isn’t going to be built in the United States, a replacement one will be built and redirected toward Vancouver, where the bitumen will be loaded onto tankers and shipped across the pacific to be refined in China or other Asian counties.
If then, there is no way to stop the oil from being produced, it would be advantageous – both economically and environmentally – that it is produced closest to the source.
Moreover, the protests are coming just days after a bipartisan group of Senators urged the President to approve the project.
This growth in bipartisanship can easily be attributed as a sign that the American Petroleum Institute’s survey finding that the majority of American voters support the project is probably accurate.