How the OMR-Renaissance Initiative Can “Reinvent” the Keystone Pipeline

by Bobby Reyes

Oil Pipeline Pumping Station | Photo by Sharron Patrick via Wikimedia Commons 2.0

Part XXXII of the “EDEN America” Series

Here is a big-and-bold idea for President Joe Biden, the U.S. Congress, and the state leaders of the Continental United States (CONUS). They can jump-start, save, and finish Canada’s Keystone XL Pipeline project that runs across several American states. Environmental groups in both Canada and the United States have long opposed the construction of said pipeline network. Native-American Indian tribes have declared “war” against the pipeline project. Without the investment of public funds of Alberta Province, the project is doomed.

The solution is so simple. Finish the Keystone XL Pipeline project to carry freshwater from Canadian and American rivers, lakes, and clean ponds. The investments of Alberta Province and the Canadian private developer can become their equity in the “Old-Man River Renaissance” (OMRR) projects for North America.

“Finish the Keystone XL Pipeline project to carry freshwater — both from Canadian and American rivers, lakes, and cleaning ponds. The investments of Alberta Province and the Canadian private developer can become their equity in the “Old-Man River Renaissance” (OMRR) projects for North America.”

Here is the latest development about the Keystone Pipeline: “(The Canadian Province of) Alberta’s recent announcement that it was investing more than $1-billion to build the Keystone XL pipeline gave a boost to a project that has faced more than a decade of delays and uncertainty.

“But by dedicating government money to a pipeline the private sector has been reluctant to fund, the decision highlights how vulnerable Canada’s oil-sands industry had become, even before the coronavirus pandemic crashed global oil demand.

“Last week, Alberta announced it would invest $1.1 billion in the pipeline and provide an additional $4.2 billion in loan guarantees to help developer TC Energy start construction immediately. Premier Jason Kenney said his government had been negotiating with the company for months and that no private-sector bidders were ready to finance the project.

“‘In other words,’ he said, ‘without this investment by Alberta, the pipeline would not be built’.”

To read more about the Keystone Pipeline, please read here.

It will be easy for American policy and decision-makers to persuade their Canadian counterparts to approve this suggestion. It will end the controversy about the Keystone XL pipeline project. Converting the pipeline to carry freshwater to aquifers and aqueducts in North America will also make them look good, feel good, and be proud of their positive contribution to the environment.

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1 comment

Sam Sy January 13, 2022 - 8:37 am

Your sentiment, “Keystone XL Pipeline project to carry freshwater” mirrors what I have been saying all these years. California been suffering drought for years, the colorado water no longer enough to support several fast growing States plus Mexico, climate change is melting ice and snow inundating places like Alaska. If we can build oil pipelines, why not water pipelines I suggested. I believe California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, perhaps even Texas would be more than happy to chip in. I was called “dreamer” for voicing it. Main reason: cost & maintenance.

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