Ah, the circle of LIFE….
The Keystone XL pipeline will increase the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. Climate change is bringing more intense flooding to Nebraska. More intense flooding will bring more damage to pipelines like Keystone XL:
Standing on the banks of the Keya Paha River where it cuts through his farm, Bob Allpress points across a flat expanse of sand to where a critical shut-off valve is supposed to rise from the Keystone XL pipeline once it’s buried in his land. The Keya Paha flooded several weeks ago, and when it did, the rush of newly melted water drove debris, sand and huge chunks of ice deep inland, mowing down trees and depositing a long wall of ice 6 feet high and 30 feet wide across Allpress’s property.
“It would’ve taken out their shut-off valve,” Allpress said of the river flooding. “Right where they propose to put it at. And it wouldn’t have been a good thing.”
…After the damage [landowner Byron “Stix”] Steskal saw from the spring flooding, he worries that Keystone XL, once it stretches 6,000 feet through his land, won’t be buried deep enough to prevent erosion and damage from the water.
“I’m sure that with all the smaller creeks that the proposed TransCanada pipeline crosses, that with an open cut, each one of those smaller streams would have showed that the pipe was bare, and then you have also trees and debris along with ice coming down there,” he said. “What’s going to happen is, it’s gonna wash out that pipeline that’s underneath the Eagle Creek” [Neela Banerjee, “Midwest Flooding Exposes Another Oil Pipeline Risk—on Keystone XL’s Route,” Inside Climate News, 2019.05.16].
But does the guy rural Nebraska supported give a rip about their risk? Nah:
A former oil-field worker and avowed Republican, Allpress, like many local landowners, has long opposed the pipeline, which would pass through floodplains and erosion-prone land. Now, the catastrophic spring flooding that devastated parts of Nebraska has swept that threat into the spotlight, as the Trump administration works to fast-track construction by overriding environmental reviews [Banerjee, 2019.05.16].
Electing Trump feels more and more like rural America taking a kamikaze dive into a bogeyman battleship.