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Mar 28 2013

Minnesota Oil Spill: Another Unintended Consequence of Federal Intrusion

An apparent result of Obama’s hold on the Keystone XL pipeline, which has forced oil to be transported from Canada by rail:

A mile-long train hauling oil from Canada derailed, spilling 30,000 gallons of crude in western Minnesota on Wednesday, as debate rages over the environmental risks of transporting tar sands across the border. …

There has been a rapid increase in rail transport of crude in the last three years as booming North American oil production has outgrown existing pipeline capacity.

Too bad no one is permitted to increase that capacity, because as transportation consultant Jim Hall notes,

“Railroads travel through population centers. The safest form of transport for this type of product is a pipeline.”

However, the federal government has blocked the Keystone XL pipeline to please environmentalists — and possibly also because Obama crony Warren Buffett is making a fortune transporting oil by rail. But at least Democrats mean well — or so they tell us.

Buffett is awarded the Order of Crony Socialism.

On a tip from dan.

  • IslandLifer

    Too bad it wasn’t BNSF railway. Sure would like to have seen Buffett get his balls nailed to the wall.

  • BoJangles

    Here’s a look at the people we’re supposed to show tolerance and compassion to. And, we’re also expected to hand them our country.

  • cronies vs. toadies

    Saint Warren Buffet is not an evil rich kapitalist pig because he supports comrade dear leader.

  • Flu-Bird

    Wait for GREENPEST(GREENPEACE) to use this in some stupid bid to ban all oil drilling in north america

  • KHarn

    I’m sure that our government is going to avoid future oil spills by NOT IMPORTING CANADIAN OIL.

  • Clingtomyguns

    The EEEEEVIIILLL Railways will now be targeted by the EPA, except maybe BNSF.

    As the State Department even notes, Warren’s little choo choo’s contribute vastly more than pipelines to the imaginary melting ice caps and killing polar bears:

    “In addition, there would be an increase in the emission of combustion products due to the use of diesel engines which could have an adverse impact on air quality along the route selected. As compared to the proposed Project (Keystone XL), this alternative would have substantially greater GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions during operation due to the combustion of diesel fuel.”

    Where is the local Occupy Minnesota on this? and the usual environmental whacko suspects. Down with dirty trains killing Mother Earth and running over endangered salamanders, yea to clean pipelines they should chant.

  • yourmotherwaswrong

    “Buffett is awarded the Order of Crony Socialism.”

    Could someone please explain to me the difference between Crony Socialism and Crony Capitalism?

    A distinction without a difference it seems to me.

  • Drury

    “Sage of Omaha” my ass…

    This corrupt turd makes the 19th/20th Century “railroad barons” look like pikers in comparison.

  • Jimbo

    Liberalism destroys.

  • dan

    ‘when all you have is a hammer…everything begins to look like a nail’
    I appreciate trains for their efficient long range transport,but
    they’re the wrong tool for oil and natural gas…

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  • Flu-Bird

    More birds are harmed by Big Windows like the ones on the HQ of many eco-wacko groups more birds are harmed by WINDTURBINES then by OIL SPILLS

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    I think we would do well to hold back on bashing rail to advance the pipeline.
    We desperately need to transport this oil by any means.
    The liberal radical luddite left would be more than happy to oblige in shutting it down.
    No rail
    No pipeline.
    No energy.

  • dan

    You’d think they could run one of those Deep Underground
    Tunnels with one of those Nuke Powered Tunnel Borers
    and run a train OR pipeline in it….

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  • Doug

    Could someone please explain to me the difference between Crony Socialism and Crony Capitalism?

    Is there any difference between your head and your ass?

    There is your answer.

  • Flu-Bird

    GREENPEACE and the SEA SHEPARDS are RADICALS and PIRATES they need to be investigated using RICO laws

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