Comment — Delayed or killed, Keystone pipeline will live on as political touchstone

OK How about this on the article: Delayed or killed, Keystone pipeline will live on as political touchstone

I comment …

Could it be that we are missing the point? We read

“On one side are supporters …. point to the pipeline’s economic benefits and its potential to enhance US energy security.

Keystone XL’s detractors … tar sands oil must remain in the ground because of its large carbon footprint.”

In Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize winner, “The Prize” we learn of The Iron Law which holds that economic growth and energy availability are inextricably linked. This is wholly reasonable and sensible.

The tar sands are a valuable resource, to be sure. Anyone who denies that is unable to connect the dots – hydrocarbons are here for human benefit, and we need them. Nonetheless, they are a finite resource and we should be careful how they are used. They should be put to their highest and best use.

Does this not point up the fact that, instead of arguing, we should be inventorying all the resources available to us, and then figuring out how to deploy them for the benefit of Earthlings everywhere?

Hell! We are eternal beings engaged in a brief mortal experience. Anybody who has or is a grandparent knows that life is fleeting. When will we come to our senses and work together for the benefit of those who follow? When will Generational Awareness guide our decisions instead of fleeting self interest?

Here’s an idea – let’s combine the Department of Energy and the EPA into a Department of Peace and Sustainability! Will a lot of special interest groups think their oxen are being gored? Of course they will. So what?

Jamey – www.TheNRGBlog.com

 

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