If You’re Going to Lay Pipe, Why Not Do It Right?
September 16, 2011 1 Comment
How Do I Mix Oil and Water?
You don’t. Not unlike capitalists and environmentalists.
But if you’re going to lay pipe, why not do it right (twice)? The Calgary-based TransCanada’s $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline is the dubious answer. The proposed pipeline is a major infrastructure project that would create 20,000 unionized construction jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax and other revenues in the six states through which it would pass. How about we appease both sides of this controversy; the environmentalist hate it and the capitalists love it; by adding to the mix? Add a water pipeline. An irrigation pipeline. Bury it right next to the oil pipeline. Collect and dispense water from the pipeline as needed.
Send it down and dispense it through parched draught stricken lands and collect it from flood swollen, land dispensing and collecting water as needed, creating the most progressive irrigation system the world has ever known. Where in the world are we experiencing droughts? Think Texas. Not to mention Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Check out Wall Street Journal Business article called “Facing Up to End of ‘Easy Oil’” by Ben Casselmann, dated May 24, 2011.
The sweetest part of all… the oil companies and the Canadian government and Canadian corporations can subsidize it. Just ask Exxon. They’re spending millions to advertise it. Ask Canada’s ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer. He can hardly refuse a slam dunk. Don’t forget our environmentalists. Ask Margot Kidder arrested for protesting the pipeline. Is she going to deny the drought and flood victims the relief from water? Water, life giveth, life taketh away.
Now it’s up to our State Department. They need to decide before year-end (2011). Move over Bill! Maybe it’s time for Hillary to lay some pipe. How do you mix oil and water?! Wired Magazine has some ideas. Maybe we lay less pipe?
In any case, nothing is ever easy. Unless you’re Bill.