Put the pipeline on rails
TO THE EDITORS:
There's already an oil pipeline between the North Dakota oil fields and Louisiana refineries. This oil pipeline is the railroad.
It's a reasonably eco-friendly method.
Pipelines move oil from point A to B. Rail cars move oil to many delivery points -- A to B and also to C and to D.
While all the talk is about a fixed pipeline, the fact is, wherever there's a refinery there's a set of rails that are linked to booming wells.
A pipeline will take at least eight years to build. Oil producers don't trust that prediction. They've ordered new tank cars by the hundreds.
After construction, cost to use the pipeline is less. But, factor in eco-damages, and transport by existing rail is still cleaner and cheaper.
The proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are asking the president to approve the pipeline. I think our national treasure would be better spent to support national rail infrastructure as a part of north/south oil transport.
Who does the pipeline benefit anyway? Not a drop of oil in the Keystone XL pipeline is destined for U.S. consumers and won't lower prices at the pump.
It all sells abroad benefiting a few investors. The chief reason for the pipeline? Impatience -- piped oil turns into cash faster.
A democracy in this age should invest in our national rail system and, by doing so, improve business and employment opportunities all along the line.