Here's a map from the Petroleum GeoGraphics Corporation that shows all of the pipeline in the United States. That's 2.5 million miles of pipeline to move our oil around the country. Here's the problem. It's falling apart. More than half of it was built before 1970. A large portion of it can only be run at 50% of capacity which helps drive up fuel prices. Another thing that makes fuel more expensive is waste. The last 10 years we have averaged 280 spills a year. That averages 3.5 million gallons of oil being spilled every year. A few days ago it was the citizens of Mayflower Arkansas turn to get a spill. According to KATV 10,000 gallons flowed through over 100 yards of homes on Shadetree Ln and Starlight Rd and 22 homes had to be evacuated. A great neighborhood ruined.
The liberals always try to turn these oil spills in to an indictment of pipe lines.
They are correct that a lot of the pipelines should be condemned by the blame lies with them. 5 years ago the President was fully aware of of the aging pipelines and the damage they were causing. In November of 08 the NY Times heralded Obama's announcement when he declared he was going to stimulate the country by providing thousands of jobs by fixing our nations infrastructure. In February of 2012 the NY Times declared the stiumulus a failure. In large point because the President later joked there is no such thing as a shovel ready project and yet there were and continue to be. One example the Times gave was the Savannah River Site in Aiken SC. But that's nuclear energy and the President isn't a fan. Of course the pipelines are for oil and he isn't a fan of that either. The President and his followers believe that the future is natural energy like wind and solar, mixed in with electric which he deems green. Perhaps they're right. Sadly they have taken an approach of transforming our current energy program in to what they would like the future to be. Last month in a speech the President said;
"We have to keep investing in scientific research," and lamented the impact of the federal budget sequester on U.S. research. "We cant afford to miss these opportunities while the rest of the world races forward." He pledged another 2 billion towards research in green technologies like "hydrogen fuel cells, and electric vehicle batteries". A better investment to help the next 25 years out would have been the restoring of our pipelines. A project that the GOP reminded the President of again last week in their weekly adress that is free to tax payers is the XL pipeline. It would cost 7 billion to build but be paid for by TransCanada and ConacoPhillips. Yesterday it broke the Huffington Post's heart to report that 2/3rds of American's want it built. Planning for the future is important, but you can't forget about what is happening right now. When you do you have disasters like the one in Mayflower Arkansas.