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Do you suppose the eco-trendy crowd really, carefully thought this one through before jumping on the self-righteously outraged bandwagon? I have some pretty severe doubts on the matter, but they’re in this thing, and they’re certainly not going to back down now that they’ve invested so much time, money, and media coverage to the issue — even though killing the Keystone XL pipeline will not prevent oil companies from developing Canada’s tar sands even a little bit. Stopping their product from moving through pipelines simply means that they’ll have to seek other markets, i.e. shipping it to China via tankers, or find another method of terrestrial transport across the continental United States, say, via rail. …And it just so happens that rail transport is more prone to the leakages the environmentalists claim to be railing against than pipelines. Oops.