There are very few people in our nation who would not wave a magic wand to convert our energy production immediately to 100% clean and renewable, and create as many, if not more, good jobs as we currently have in the fossil fuel industry. Alas, magic wands only exist in Harry Potter’s world.
Experts and organizations from around the country have offered their preferred road maps to our energy future. Ideology and emotion cloud the conversation at both ends of the political spectrum. ConservAmerica’s audience is Republicans. Therefore, our road map is drawn to appeal to serious-minded Republican lawmakers.
This week, the United States Department of State released its analysis on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. The left-of-center environmental community was not pleased. ConservAmerica has not issued a policy statement on the XL Pipeline matter. On one hand, we support a shift away from fossil fuels (with full recognition that it isn’t going to happen overnight). On the other, we consider the “all in” external costs of energy. We see no reason to believe that Canada will not ship tar sand oil to Asia if the U.S. does not build the pipeline. The carbon emissions caused by shipping the oil to the far side of the planet, the risks of tanker spills on the Pacific, and the fact that no country develops, processes, and uses fossil fuels as cleanly as the U.S. all factor in.
Extracting oil from the Alberta tar sands is an expensive proposition. Rather than working to stop something that appears inevitable, we are working to promote alternative and cleaner fuels that may render tar sands economically infeasible.
New York Times columnist Joe Nocera wrote about this topic this week. Click here to read.
The Washington Post editorial board dedicated an opinion piece on the pipeline, too. Click here to read.
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