During the past two weeks, students across the nation discussed whether or not the government should invest their time and money into creating the Keystone XL pipeline in our #DoNowKeystone post. We asked students, Do you think the Obama administration should approve the Keystone XL pipeline? Why or Why not? What information should be considered in making this decision?
The Keystone pipeline transports oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Tar sands are a mixture of sand, clay, water and a thick form of petroleum. Recently, politicians proposed to create a new line, called the Keystone XL pipeline, from Alberta, Canada that crosses through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska to meet up with the current pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska. As a result, environmentalist, politicians and the oil industry have been arguing about the proposed pipeline, pointing to how it will impact carbon dioxide emissions, climate change and American energy independence. Supporters state that the Keystone XL pipeline will increase jobs and reduce America dependence on oil outside North America, while others argue that the pipeline will threaten the climate and increase America’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Students tweeted back and forth about the risks and benefits of the project, often supported their opinions with news articles and memes. They discussed how Keystone XL could decrease America’s dependence on oil, but could also damage people’s health and the environment. The majority of students agreed that the health risks and damage to the environment outweigh the benefits of the project and therefore, the pipeline should not be approved by the Obama administration.
Let’s Approve it!
Some students discussed that the proposed pipeline is a good idea.
The Keystone Xl Project creates jobs, increase oil crude, etc. It may lead to pollution, but so do cars. ppl still drive #DoNowKeystone
— breanna_r (@_breannar) March 27, 2014
— Emily C. (@smemilyyyyyyy) March 27, 2014
Don’t Approve it!
Other students discussed that the pipeline is a terrible idea.
— Berenice Fuentes (@16Berenice14) March 27, 2014
— Shannon F (@shannon_rose014) March 28, 2014
Too Many Risks!
Several students argued the pipeline causes too much damage to the environment and people’s health.
— Ali S. (@LetzTalkScience) March 27, 2014
— alex cueva (@alexcueva14) March 27, 2014
— Sara Torstrom (@surfwavegirl) March 26, 2014
Companies Looking For Profit
Many students debated that the pipeline was only a way for oil companies to get more money.
— Alecs Zinoman (@AlecsZinoman) March 29, 2014
— Aaron Godinez (@CheG_Games) March 23, 2014
Let’s Look for Alternative Fuel Instead
Several students discussed how America should focus on finding reusable energy.
— Erika Barrios (@BarriosE14) March 28, 2014
— Becca (@becca_the_whale) March 28, 2014
Check the amazing memes Sports Medicine students in San Francisco created in response to this week’s topic. Here are a few to look at:
— Rachelle C (@RachelleC27) March 26, 2014
— Paige H. (@princesspaigey0) March 26, 2014