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Immediately following the bp oil spill the president

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Immediately following the BP oil spill the President said “As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs - but only if we accelerate that transition.” By deciding to substantiate the facade of job security,
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President Obama would be going against words he spoke to the nation not less than a year ago. These words spoken not because of a natural disaster either, but a man-made disaster, an oil related one at that! President Obama promised to consider the environmental dangers of the pipeline before approving the proposal for its construction. This 1,700 mile pipeline across several state lines poses environmental risks simply due to the nature of the product being transported within its steely, murky walls(Burnt Orange Report). The tar sands that would be piped are extremely corrosive, increasing the risks of a spill or leak along the course of the pipeline. Contents aside, this pipeline would be going through the Sandhills Region and Ogallala aquifer in Nebraska. These are one of the nation’s most important aquifers, providing much of the water to Nebraska and parts of seven other states. This water is used for municipal, irrigational, and industrial water supplies, none of which can afford to be contaminated (Surface and Groundwater Relationships in Nebraska). The problems in the Gulf Coast would pale in comparison to a spill or leak of oil into these aquifers, at least in terms of American over-all health. The potential for food contamination would not be limited to seafood, but could impact the many agricultural products produced in the Midwest(NRDC Fuel Facts). The Keystone pipeline expansion project proposal should not be approved by President Obama. The circumstances of the review prior to submitting the proposal make its legitimacy questionable. A decision to approve the pipeline would harm Mr. Obama’s platform by contradicting his previous actions and statements. He would lose the support of the “green”
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