There is a lot of florid rhetoric coming from supporters of the Keystone Pipeline these days -- both north and south of the border. But, Tom Walkom writes, Keystone isn't as important as its shills claim it is:
The truth is that even if Keystone fails, a pipeline from the tar sands to tidewater will be built. The Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats disagree on many things. But all agree that the so-called Energy East pipeline — from Alberta to New Brunswick — should go ahead.
Similarly, a world with no Keystone will not much affect carbon emissions. As long as there is some method of getting Alberta heavy crude to markets — by train, truck or pipeline — tarsands production will go on.
The United States has found energy reserves in North Dakota, so Alberta bitumen is no longer the prize it once was. And, if Alberta oil finds its way to the Atlantic, it will make its way to world markets.
The truth is that Keystone is an idea whose time has passed. And its chief shill has proved -- once again -- that he is yesterday's man.