The pipeline giant TransCanada has announced it is scrapping its plan for an oil export terminal on the St. Lawrence River in Cacouna, Québec, in turn delaying the completion of the Energy East tar sands pipeline for at least two years.
Scrapping the oil export terminal is tied to a single, overarching circumstance - the decline in oil prices. TransCanada is hardly concerned with Beluga whales; it was a public relations opportunity, and it is a diversion. Are we to associate whales with TransCanada? Only if we are naive. Let’s have another aerial view of tar sands mining to correct out perspective, eh?
Neither do Can. politicos. What’s more, they won’t have to wait 2 yrs. given the likelihood of the TPP being approved before that.
Then, Belugas et al will return to their disposable status.
Yeah, you might say the whales are a red herring!
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Another dirty fuel domino falls. Keep the momentum going.
Precisely, one can never and must never trust a corp[oration, i agree completely and now with the return of Iranian oil into the markets the price of oil is sure to feel the squeeze.
Alberta Tar sands oil is basicly low-grade shipping fuel. Keystone XL and other pipelines plus railroad transport to North American marine terminals all deliver this dirtiest fuel to power ships that in turn transport goods across the globe. If we must reduce fuel combustion, these fuels that power globalization are the first to cut as they are the most wasteful and least productive.
In urban planning, there are 4 basic modes of travel to accommodate: cars/trucks, mass transit, walking and bicycling. The cars/trucks component however presents a severe impediment to all modes of travel, including their own reasonable function. Thus, the global economy is like the cars/trucks component presenting a severe impediment to National, State, Regional and Local economies. The globalization behemoth today cannot serve its maximum level of goods shipment around the world without harm to the equally important lesser economies. The powers be, wresting control over ALL production and distribution, are reckless adherents of Disaster Capitalism. Any disruption to the fuel supplies which enable globalization leaves all nations unable to support their ‘closer to home’ economic structure.
TransCanada is like the “Blob”…stop its growth in one place and it simply oozes into another. In the meantime, their PR arm issues feel-good statements to the press in order to enhance their image as purported caretakers of the environment and provide a smokescreen for their back-door finagling and operations. They hope these statements will mollify the citizenry and environmental groups, which means they (citizenry and environmental groups) need to be hyper-vigilant in their scrutiny of TransCanada ops.
I have subjected, exposed and influenced quite a few people by having them view these pictures, of tar sands…
and explaining that it is not oil that will “flow” through the pipeline… but tar…and they have to put gases in the pipe to make it flow… some people say, “Ooohhh,” when they hear this…
Tar sands have to be diluted with some much lighter solvent to flow through a pipeline. Mixture is called “dilbit”. Yuck–it is both acid making it corrosive and full of sand making it abrasive. It is very hard on pipelines. It would be more constructive to have a crash program of R&D to develop a renewable alternative to petroleum. Once developed, US government will have to heavily subsidize mass production by our too big to fail oil firms of whatever renewable substitute is developed. Considering the high cost of tolerating catastrophic climate change and the high cost of any alternative means of capturing from ambient air CO2, it will be worth a lot per metric ton of CO2 captured, to recycle CO2 as carbon in a renewable substitute for petroleum, at least until the price of the renewable substitute comes down and/or the price of petroleum goes up enough to meet in the middle.