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Read the full ArticleDon't Confuse Peter MacKay's Pipeline Claims For Facts

  Leader, Green Party of Canada/Chef du Parti vert du Canada
Posted: 02/25/2016 4:05 pm EST

There is a catechism of the fossil fuel industry, with oft-repeated claims that seem by repetition to escape examination. Peter MacKay's recent opinion piece on pipelines was a veritable greatest hits compilation of such claims.

He writes that "pipelines are by far the safest means of transporting oil." The first muddying of facts is the notion that we are talking about shipping oil. All the current pipeline proposals, including Energy East, are primarily about shipping unprocessed bitumen. Bitumen is in a pre-crude state and can only be casually referenced as "oil" if one accepted the idea that grain should be referred to as "croissants" when discussing markets.

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  • Shirley McBride
    commented 2016-02-28 21:56:51 -0800
    There is no legitimate teason to increase yhe capacity of the Kinder Morgan pipeline just to pump more diluted bitumin through it. Very dangerous to the environment. Refineries shoukd be located at the source and the finished product piped to markets. That creates jobs in Alberta. Better still, move away from fossil fuel dependency and support development of other forms of energy. That creates even more jobs