The Keystone XL Pipeline

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

John Richardson, Writer at Large for Esquire magazine, talks about the proposed oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, which is a flashpoint about ideas of capitalism. His article โ€œKeystone,โ€ in the September issue of Esquire, looks at the complex technical, economic, and environmental issues the pipeline raises.


John Richardson

Comments [15]

its like a ponzi scheme of blame. and no one will ever own up to anything.

Aug. 15 2012 01:54 AM
rudy from queens

What about the small towns that are being contorted by the short-term oil boom? Prices have gone sky-high, housing isn't available at any price, retailers and other non-oil businesses won't enter and satisfy the boom demand because they know it will be a ghost-town when drilling is done, and meanwhile the labor supply is nil. And the boom tax receipts go to the state, not the town, so the town is unable to beef up its services and infrastructure for the increased population. I'm not saying don't drill (at least not for these reasons), but the states should compensate the towns to deal with the windfall, and all parties (i.e., the state, not the Feds) should assure that an orderly transition to "normal" small-town life (or whatever remains) will be made when the boom is over, with no sudden unemployment or lasting environmental damage.

Aug. 14 2012 02:22 PM

Your journalist guest is woefully uninformed. Please get a real scientist as your "talking head" when you discuss energy and environment issues.

Aug. 14 2012 02:06 PM
Rudy from Queens

Why a reasonably well informed South Dakota landowner has opposed the proposed Keystone pipeline. His name is Ted Turner.

Also follow his links.

Aug. 14 2012 02:05 PM

Americans will not concern themselves with global warming/climate change/disruption until it's SO OBVIOUS that it's too late to do anything about it. Sorry, but we're just all too busy.

Aug. 14 2012 02:00 PM
Jo Ann from Manhattan

Mr. Lopate - Canadian provinces do not have Governors. They have Premiers. You referenced the Alberta Governor in your interview with John Richardson.

Thank you.

Aug. 14 2012 01:59 PM
rai from ny, ny

To quote the late, great Walt Kelly: "We have met the enemy, and he is us!"

Aug. 14 2012 01:55 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

the guest is a borderline apologist, and woefully under-informed. gas and oil are of a same piece, really.

this isn't some simple, us-versus-them sports-like conflict. next time, invite someone from ProPublica, who have done the kind of research that allows one to discuss such subjects intelligently. sheesh

Aug. 14 2012 01:51 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Leonard, thanks for asking my question--& even going to the site for more info than I supplied! From what Mr. Richardson has been saying, it sounds as if the difference is that Keystone XL would carry oil & Spectra would carry gas; he addressed this difference earlier in the interview. I hope you'll have a segment soon about the Spectra pipeline.

I do know that explosions are a hazard w/gas pipelines; could you ask if that's true for oil pipelines too?

Aug. 14 2012 01:41 PM
Jim Johnson from NY, NY

Once again we listen to the opinions of a "writer" on a serious topic the details of which he seems to not understand or able to articulate. Why isn't there a counterpoint of view? And a point of view more knowledgeable about the details of the topic.

Aug. 14 2012 01:41 PM
Larry from Rockland

Like it or not, the Canadians will ultimately process and somehow refine the Alberta oil sands so unfortunately the climate effect is inevitable. The immediate effort should be that this pipeline be located with minimal damage. Climate arguments should be addressed head on rather than in an ineffective effort to stop this project

Aug. 14 2012 01:37 PM
Robert from NYC

This guy's a waste of time! What did he look into if not frakiing the biggest concern of most of us!!

Aug. 14 2012 01:37 PM

Mr. Richardson might want to familiarize himself with something called Godwin's Law. It states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."'s_law

Aug. 14 2012 01:32 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I hope you'll also discuss the Spectra pipeline, which is planned to come into NYC in the West Village. The Sane Energy Project ( has a lot more info on this.

Aug. 14 2012 12:47 PM
Jon Pope from Ridge, NY

Please ask Mr. Richardson if they are selling this pipeline as "more energy independence for America", why does the pipeline go all the way to Texas and not stop at centrally located refineries in the Midwest? Is it because they cant get super tankers up the Mississippi River to ship fuel out to China and Europe?

Aug. 14 2012 10:39 AM

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