Cross-posted at The Smew
DETROIT, MI—The U.S. supporters of a controversial Canadian–American pipeline have become increasingly vocal this week.
The proposed pipeline would carry much-needed Canadian healthcare to millions of sick Americans who can’t afford the rising costs of insurance and treatment in the U.S.
“This pipeline would be a tremendous piece of infrastructure vital to economic growth,” said George Wiley, 38, a spokesperson for the advocacy group We Are Sick Down Here, which is leading the effort to see the pipeline become a reality.
“An economy can’t be very robust if its people are full of diseases, or if they’re spending every last cent to pay for the most basic treatments,” said Wiley. “If the Canadian people have just one ounce of humanity, they will join us in support of this inspiring project.”
But some Canadians are wary of the ecological impact the pipeline might have.
“There is no way to cover thousands of miles with pipeline without seriously impacting the land, the wildlife, and its resources,” said Noah Greenwald, a representative of the Centre of Biological Diversity. “The risks associated with this kind of pipeline—a pipeline carrying vast amounts of government healthcare and services—are huge.”
According to the pipeline proposal, thousands of doctors, nurses, clinics, and hospitals would be pumped from major Canadian cities to high-need areas in the U.S. Among the most desperate of these areas is Detroit, Michigan, where there are still people who somehow believe they live in the best country on Earth.