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That they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts. Matthew 13:15b

Obama Can Force Oil Sands to Clean Up Their Act

Keystone XL pipeline now awaits the decision from President Obama for the go ahead.

The pipeline, when completed would carry oil sands heavy crude oil from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast. It is well documented that the extraction and consumption of the oil would significantly worsen global warming and contribute to increasing overall environmental and ecological damage to a vast part of northern Canada.

Governor of Nebraska Backs Route for Pipeline
Published: January 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — The governor of Nebraska on Tuesday approved a revised route through the state for the Keystone XL pipeline, setting up a decision for President Obama that pipeline opponents say will be a crucial test of his intentions on climate change.

The Canadian economy greatly depends upon this source of revenue but at what expense? Both the governments of Canada and Alberta have ignored scientific evidence of environmental, ecological and water pollution from oil sands operations. Although the laws and regulations have been in place for nearly 20 years, neither government has had the integrity to enforce them bowing only to the pressures from the oil companies operating the projects.

I am Canadian, I live in Alberta. I benefit from the revenue that the oil sands bring. I do not want the oil sands operations to close.  I believe the Country and the world benefits more from a clean environment. There have been several models of how the oil can be extracted cleaner and safer but they would add some cost, hence, nothing was done to change.

My hope is that President Obama is serious on the environment and global warming enough to add a proviso to approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Canada must show that improvements in environmental management concerning the oil sands are taking place. It will take about 3 years to complete the pipeline, before the valves are opened, show some marked improvement.

For a video presentation of the Oil Sands and the Environment, see; The Oil Sands and Canada’s Environment

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