Regarding today's oil protests at the White House. Below are two maps of all the O&G+PC pipelines in the North America (c 2002). There are close to 500,000 miles of pipeline (my napkin math estimate). The second maps shows just NA oil pipeline, with, I believe, smaller lines of 2-4" diameter stripped out. So, with deep apologies and due respect, I'm unconvinced that stopping Keystone XL will make the difference +Bill McKibben
et al seek.
Thousands of miles of new pipe have been laid over the past 10 years, especially in Alberta, Wyoming, Texas, and Louisiana. Many existing lines are aging, leaking, and are being replaced. There's a need for line consolidation and increased efficiency.
Even if Keystone XL adds a layer of mileage to this mix, it is unclear why stopping this particular pipeline (one that is technologically superior to any other pipeline in comparable scope) supersedes the long-existing harms from the aging, damaged, and demonstrably harmful networks shown below. Shouldn't +Bill McKibben et al battle against existing, leaking lines?
Look, since the BP spill there have been over 5,000 oil spills and incidents in the GoM. Five thousand spills in one year. http://www.businessinsider.com/bp-spill-stopped-year-ago-2011-7
So far, I'm not convinced of their cause.