Skip to comments.Keystone Pipeline: An oil rush up north
Posted on 07/02/2012 2:09:26 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
Repairman Shawn Flett stood 30 feet above the ground on the deck of a truck the size of a house. He had just waved it gingerly into the repair shop as if guiding an airplane into a hangar.
This is a beast of a machine, with 14-foot tires and weighing in at more than a million pounds. The truck burns 50 gallons of diesel an hour as it rumbles with 400-ton loads across the giant open-pit mines that have transformed a swath of Albertas vast northern forest into unsightly but lucrative sources of oil.
It handles like a Cadillac, Flett joked.
Every day, fleets of these Brobdingnagian trucks are digging up countless tons of Albertas oil sands a black, gooey mixture of sand, oil and water that lies just below the Canadian provinces boreal forest, an immense region thick with jack pines, spruce, aspen and tamarack trees and fed by wetlands that cover most of the area.
The viscous petroleum, or bitumen, is so common that, in some places, it oozes out along the banks of the Athabasca River and was used by Native Americans to seal canoes. Canadas economically recoverable oil sands are estimated to be about 170 billion barrels, reserves second in size only to Saudi Arabia.
(Excerpt) Read more at mobile.washingtonpost.com ...
The money quote:
Thats why foes of the Keystone XL have turned the pipeline, just one of many built or expanded every year, into a test of President Obamas commitment to slowing climate change.
North America has a huge comparative advantage in the energy sector. It's time we started to employ it.
Photo : Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post
Title of article in the Washington Post (they don't seem to like being linked, so this may or may not work)...
Keystone XL pipeline primer, with map and diagrams...
"Enormous", "ugly", carbon and "climate change" - proof that the speaker isn't rational. These are nonsense words, wholly subjective and typical of every liberal thinker. Luckily he's a college professor so he must be smart.
Brobdingnagian trucks = English Major
They’re all taught to use big words so as to rationalize their small salaries and expensive big name degrees. I wonder if he’s paid off his student loans yet?