<At that point, a pipeline carrying a million barrels of oil into the US every day will be much needed.>
Come on Plant,you gotta know better than that...
At a December Congressional hearing, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) asked the CEO of pipeline owner TransCanada whether he would agree to keep all refined products from oil sands in the United States. He declined.
It will be a few bucks cheaper maybe because it isn't shipped in but not much. And really, as you point out, the US is being outbid for product now.
The State Department’s “Executive Summary of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Keystone XL Project”
predicts that the construction workforce would only “consist of approximately 5,000 t0 6,000 workers.”More info here
Obama said to the republicans 'if you gotta have an answer now, it's no"
I have no doubt it will be opened with some changes in the route.
The funny thing is, NO pipe to the gulf is what is keeping gas prices in the US down, there is no outlet so WTI at Cushing is the cheapest oil on the globe! As soon as the seaway pipe reverses this summer the price of gas is going up. When the southern half of the Keystone opens next year it will rise further.
It is amazing that on a site about peak oil, where everyone knows that gas is only going to get less and less affordable, partisanship still trumps transition. The party line that all we need to do is eliminate taxes and regulations and start a war or two and drill baby and we can go back to the good old days is just so ingrained, no amount of charts and factoids can kill it.
I really think partisanship rots the brain - no, it ossifies the brain.