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Old 01-22-2013, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I am wondering how Nebraskans feel about the Governors' approval of the new route for the Keystone Pipeline, especially those that live near it's new route.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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Regardless of the environmental impact, I don't expect it to do anything good for us. TransCanada is building this pipeline so that they can export more crude on the global market. That means less of a share available to the United States, especially the Midwest since the refineries handling the crude will be near the Gulf of Mexico. I've talked to proponents in this area who believe it'll lower gas prices. I'd like to hear an explanation as to how that'll work when there will be less supply to refineries in this region and it will cost more to ship the petroleum products here.

TransCanada's claim is that it will "reduce United States dependence on foreign oil". Seeing as Canada's already by far our largest supplier of crude and the pipeline will open up the global market for TransCanada, that statement doesn't even make sense to me.

Maybe I'm wrong, and I hope I am because the construction of the pipeline seems to be a foregone conclusion at this point, but it seems to me that TransCanada's paying an awful lot of people to sell everybody on a concept that would sell itself if it were such a great thing.

As far as Governor Heineman's position on it, as far as I can tell it hasn't changed, as some claim it has. I spoke to him about it when the original route was proposed, and he said that he supported the pipeline itself, just not the route, but if the route wasn't changed he couldn't support the project.

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Old 03-03-2013, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE
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Yeah, ther a good possibility this pipeline could INCREASE our price of gas if it has any effect. We are basically taking all the environmental risk to profit a foreign company to get a very few jobs (far fewer than they claim) and maybe have less oil. Forget the environmental impact, unless you are a major stock holder in that company it makes bad economic sense.
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