At one end of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, there is a scene you must see to believe
Former President Barack Obama canceled the Keystone XL pipeline in November 2015 with an executive order that said it wouldn't help lower gas prices or create that many jobs. He also said the pipeline's long-term contribution to climate change - possibly more than 22 billion metric tons of carbon pollution, according to Scientific American - wasn't worth the loss of America's global leadership on climate change."If we're going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we're going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground," Obama said.
Neither Trump's January 2017 reversal of Obama's order nor this week's State Department permit grant mention the project's steep environmental costs, which include the potential industrialization of 54,000 square miles of Alberta wilderness."We're not saying the project is good or bad. We're just saying the scale and severity of what's happening in Alberta will make your spine tingle," Robert Johnson, a former Business Insider correspondent, wrote after flying over the Canadian oil sands in May 2012.Keep scrolling to see an updated version of Johnson's photo essay, which shows the effects of Canadian oil mining - a process in which tar-laden sand is dug from the ground so the oil in it can get separated. That process generates about 50% of the Keystone XL pipeline's oil.
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