What shortage? We are producing more domestically than we ever have before. We import a lower percentage because we are actually starting to use less! The oil to be transported by the Keystone XL pipeline isn't even intended for US consumption. It is Canadian oil being moved through our backyards , at our risk, to be sold on the global market. Canadian oil obtained in a way that is devastating Alberta. The toxic tailing ponds are already one of the biggest man made structures in the world and they are getting bigger every day.
You are right. I don't want their oil transported at all. How about we build a pipeline to North Dakota instead so we can harvest the natural gas from the oil wells instead of burning it? We can't replace fossil fuel power plants yet, but that doesn't mean that we should let multinational companies like TransCanada ruin our water supplies in the name of "progress"!
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