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➤ continued, pg 10 Keystone XL Will Move Ethical Oil Photo by Dan Lessen - First approved in Montana in 2012, the Keystone XL pipe- line continues to face obstacles greater than those attrib- uted to the regulatory framework intended to safeguard the environment. The business of stopping infrastructure and development projects has become just that; a business. More than an environmental movement, pipeline activism has become an industry of conflict. Built on false narratives, misinfor- mation, and fear-mongering, the conflict industry exists to promote political goals and influence public policy. Less addressed when rebutting the claims made by those which seek to stop pipeline projects, is the humanitarian impact these protests are poised to have abroad. While we continue to import foreign fuels from hostile nations, our geopolitical influence has been strengthened around the globe because of our increased self-sufficien- cy with respect to crude oil and natural gas production. The more self sufficient North America becomes, the less reliant we will be on foreign imports, particularly from OPEC countries. Projections on the future demand of oil and natural gas around the world continue to grow, as 1.3. billion people in the world are still without reliable forms of energy. Fossil fuels will be necessary long into the future, as re- newables continue to grapple with intermittency and cost hang-ups. The choice between renewables and non-renewables is a false choice. A more realistic choice, and one social jus- tice warriors and those swayed by flashy anti-fossil fuel campaigns should consider, is whether we want to import energy from hostile nations, or trusted, North American trade partners? Canadian oil is ethical oil. That which is produced safely and under strict environmental regulations by a country which respects human rights. The same cannot said of many OPEC countries, Venezuela, or the Gulf States; all large exporters of oil to the U.S. Organizations like Vets Consider Us Your Home Away From Home, at the Candlewoo d Suites in Loveland Colorado. 6046 East Crossroads Blvd., Loveland, CO 80538 | 970-667-5444 for Energy exist to promote the domestic production of oil and natural gas to lessen our dependence on nations which harbor terrorism and violate human rights. The U.S. boasts the largest pipeline network in the world, however, the majority of pipe in the ground today was laid in the 1950's. Consider the technological advancements and regulatory changes that have been made in every sec- tor over the last sixty years. Pipeline operators are now ca- pable of 24/7, realtime monitoring to detect and respond Read online @ B A K K E N O I L B I Z . C O M / d i g i t a l - j o u r n a l 9 ➤ continued, next page By: ALAN OLSON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MONTANA PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION

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