The United States imports approximately 60 percent of all oil that is consumed. Twenty-nine percent of this 60 percent already flows through pipelines that have an origination point in Canada. The remainder comes from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Nigeria and Mexico. Once oil arrives to our nation, it travels via pipeline to various parts of the country. This is how petroleum products move and have for the past 150 years.

Building New Pipelines

The United States has already built the equivalent of 10 Keystone pipelines since 2010 with no argument from the government.


The Keystone Pipeline has already completed approximately 3,000 miles of pipeline throughout the U.S., which are active, or nearly so. The final leg of the project would have added over 1,000 miles of pipeline through Nebraska and South Dakota, shortening the distance to bring crude to refineries and hastening the production during peak times.

What has Changed?

There is nothing new here, folks. What has been, what exists now, and what would have been with the completion of the Keystone Pipeline was just in part of keeping up with American growth.

Well, maybe one thing is different. Our political system took a change of direction in 2009 with the election of President Obama. But still, it is puzzling as to why the first 3,000 miles of pipeline were put into place with no interference from the government, while the completion is now suddenly considered doomsday to the entire human race.

Shortages that are Forthcoming

This final leg of this project with Canada would have alleviated the fuel shortages now experienced in the Midwest and Florida by providing another source of oil.


There is plenty of documentation on this. Enterprise Product Partners and Magellan Midstream Partners had millions of dollars pinpointed for future projects to achieve this goal. Enbridge Inc. was also looking to be a major player in Florida. Currently, Florida receives most of its crude from overseas. Hurricanes often prevent barges from docking along the coast. The result is shortages and rising petroleum prices due to supply and demand.


So what is all the talk about Global Warming and dangerous circumstances with the completion of the Keystone Pipeline? And why the insistence of importing oil from enemies as opposed to allies? The same method of transport will be used, whether from Canada or Saudi Arabia.

A simple routine business affair that started in 2008 has turned into political reasoning and has nothing to do with common sense. Shall we rip out all of the pipelines and go back to living in caves?