1. You know the Keystone XL? The Canadian government wants six more of those things.
While the Keystone XL pipeline has the potential to move more crude from Alberta’s infamous oil sands than any other pipeline - facilitating the rapid expansion of one of the dirtiest, most resource-intensive oil extraction operations in the world - it’s only one of seven major pipelines proposed in Canada.
Other pipelines reach south and southeast to other refineries or east or west to coastal communities for raw export. The sprawling Energy East pipeline crosses 961 waterways and half a dozen major cities in its 2,700-mile run to the Atlantic.
The Northern Gateway reaches west to ship hazardous unrefined product through pristine-but-treacherous island-spotted waters of the wild British Columbia coastline to Asia. While environmental organizations condemn almost all these projects, and most political parties refuse to support the vast majority of them, both of Canada’s poll-leading political parties unabashedly support the Keystone XL.
Both awareness of and resistance to the project is significant in Canada, but arguably underdeveloped compared to the American campaign.”