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American Ambivalence

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Have you ever wondered why the tar-sands oil companies in Canada are pushing the Keystone XL pipeline so vigorously through the American heartland when it would be much closer to pipe it to the ports of British Columbia for shipment via oil tankers?  Its because 80% of British Columbian people are adamantly opposed to oil tankers coming anywhere near their pristine coastline and the oil companies know the British Columbians have the political muscle to keep them from piping their filthy crude to the Pacific Coast. Apparently Americans are too ill-informed to care whether the environment of the Great Plains and the Ogallala Aquifer lying directly under the next potential spill of bituminous sludge is threatened with catastrophe.

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