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  •  There is a difference. (8+ / 0-)

    Rail can carry many different things.  The pipeline only carries the tar oil.  Rail is beneficial to many different interests, both manufacturers and consumers.  The pipeline is only for the tar oil, and only for a private Canadian consortium that profits from the tar oil extraction.  
    The consequence, at the end of the day, is that the tar oil become part of our infrastructure, and Americans have a vested economic interest in its success or failure. It becomes Too Big to Fail.
    When it becomes Too Big to Fail, the private consortium can avail itself of our military, our emergency responders, and our national security apparatus while operating on our land and potentially poisoning our water. The company will be free to devour and despoil Canada, and it gets a free army to back it  up when Canadians complain.
    Ship it by rail.

    "YOPP!" --Horton Hears a Who

    by Reepicheep on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 02:31:51 PM PST

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