For those that are not familiar with the issue, The Keystone XL project is an Oil pipeline that has been proposed to stretch from Alberta, Canada straight through the heartland of America to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico that can process the crude tar sands oil.
The Keystone XL project has been the subject of significant debate over the past couple years as its proponents have argued that it would ultimately bring tons of jobs, and economic prosperity, while opponents and watchdogs have concluded few of the promised jobs would be permanent, and the potential environmental effects would be catastrophic. Scientists have found that we may have already passed a major tipping point in the amount of greenhouse gasses released in the atmosphere. If Keystone XL was to come online, the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere might be the final nail in the coffin for life as we know it on earth.
The bill allowing Keystone XL may pass through the US congress, which seems pretty irresponsible at best.
But luckily, President Obama is now vowing to veto the bill once it reaches the White House. With the US being one of the World’s top polluters, this action will effectively hold climate change steady if only for a little while. But for us to maintain our ways of life, and progression of science and technology, we will need to continue to seek out alternative power sources like solar, wind, and hydro power.