Canadian Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline

There is a good article over on Watts Up With That about a proposed pipeline to bring tar sand oil from Alberta Canada to Houston area refineries where we can make it into gasoline. I saw this subject pop up elsewhere and it’s being spun with the usual environmental rhetoric. What I didn’t know is we already pump tar sand oil from Alberta to Oklahoma and Illinois!

First, it’s not like we’re not getting any “dirty oil” from Canada right now. The existing Keystone pipeline is currently delivering about 160,000,000 (160 million) barrels per year of the allegedly nasty stuff. So why are the AGW folks screaming as if they were “dirty oil” virgins?

The new pipeline pretty much takes a shorter route, and then completes the journey all the way to Texas (see map in the article). The other big point author makes is that if the Canadians can’t sell the oil to us they will put it one a boat and sell it to China. So either way the stuff is going to get burned.

Finally, the most telling point to me in all of this is that the Canadians are not going to sit on the oil. Either it will go to the US via the existing Keystone and perhaps the proposed Keystone XL extension pipeline … or it will go to Asia via the Kinder Morgan and perhaps the Northern Gateway pipeline. But either way, it will be extracted, it will go through a pipeline, and it will be burnt.