Oil and Gas in the Capitals

The proposed expansion of the Keystone pipeline system, which transports synthetic crude oil from the Canadian oil sands into the US, has aroused considerable controversy of late. Keystone XL, as the expansion project is called, has faced lawsuits from oil refineries, criticism from environmentalists and some members of Congress, and civil disobedience leading to mass arrests. Why all the fuss over a pipeline, when the US already has over 360,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines?

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