The U.S. State Department last week granted a permit to construct a 326-mile oil pipeline from the Canadian border to Superior, Wisconsin. As the Washington Post reports, the project has prompted outcry from environmental groups that oppose crude extracted from oil sands.
Proponents counter that receiving oil from our allies to the north is far superior than relying on oil from more volatile places, such as the Middle East or from dictatorships in Latin America, such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Moreover, proponents contend that if the U.S. does not purchase the oil it will be shipped to farther destinations, such as India and China, which would actually lead to greater greenhouse gas emissions.
The environmental group, Earthjustice, has vowed to file a lawsuit challenging the permit.