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  •  Rail shipments of oil up 28,000% since 2009 (3+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, KenBee, Onomastic

    Quite astonishing:

    A whopping 28,000 per cent increase in the amount of oil shipped by rail over the past five years is coming under the microscope following the deadly rail blast in Quebec.

    Canada's railways have made a determined push to cash in on the country's crude-oil bonanza, painting themselves as a cost-effective alternative to politically unpopular pipelines like the proposed Keystone XL.

    The Canadian Railway Association recently estimated that as many as 140,000 carloads of crude oil are expected to rattle over the nation's tracks this year, up from only 500 carloads in 2009.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by richardak on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 08:27:02 PM PDT

    •  Time to rein that in? (2+ / 0-)
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      jan4insight, Onomastic

      After all, it doesn't seem that unregulated shipments are really working out.  

      Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

      by Mindful Nature on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 08:51:44 PM PDT

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    •  there goes the argument about train vs pipeline... (1+ / 0-)
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      Onomastic

      both can be vandalized...now what?

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:34:52 AM PDT

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      •  We don't know anything was vandalized (1+ / 0-)
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        earicicle

        yet.

        Even if you don't have vandalism, mistakes happen. Lapses of responsibility are made. Corners may be cut. Accidents happen.
        And someone's town is likely to be in the way. I haven't heard anyone mention vandalism as the cause of the Mayflower, AR oil spill. It starts to look as though, just as there's no such thing as clean coal, there's no such thing as safe oil transport.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:28:09 AM PDT

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