President Trump's administration approved TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline today. The approval reverses a decision by former President Obama to reject the project, but the company still needs to win financing, acquire local permits, and fend off likely legal challenges to be built. So, what can you do about it? The Energy Channel's position is simple: the crude is already making its way to markets via rail; while, pipelines bring their own set of risks, crude-by-rail represents a far greater risk. So, if you simply just want to fight the industry, find another forum. The industry is vulnerable on any number of fronts so this shouldn't be hard. If you're still hellbent on stickin' to Transcanada, The Energy Channel suggests reaching out to your Congressional Rep and complaining that you fear paying a higher price at the pump as less Canadian heavy crude is available in the Midwest. Most people won't have a clue what that means and that scenario won't necessarily play out, but it sounds plausible enough that when policymakers look into it, they'll see it's possible and that will stoke fear in their hearts. High gas prices are murder on Election Day.
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