The continued delay in a decision the Keystone XL pipeline has had its share of consequences according to a former White House energy advisor. Jack Rafuse of the Rafuse Organization, who served in the Nixon White House, says companies looking to transport oil from Canada have been buying more rail cars with the pipeline’s status still up in the air.
“All the companies that are producing, including up in Canada, are buying trains, train cars, and tank cars as fast as they can,” Rafuse says. “The amount of train traffic carrying oil has gone up six times over the past four or five years. The increase has been huge.”
Rafuse adds with the additional rail traffic, there’s an increased risk of catastrophic accidents as opposed to a more efficient pipeline model.
Rafuse is critical of President Obama and a non-decision on the pipeline because he says production is increasing domestically with nowhere to take the oil to market to benefit Americans.
“He’s paying no attention to the fact that he’s making things worse in many ways,” Rafuse notes. “At the same time, production continues to grow. The president is doing nothing for the sake of doing nothing and it’s not any kind of solution.”
Current energy policy isn’t taken into account when studying the current driving habits of Americans either, according to Rafuse. Rafuse points out that although fewer miles are being driven on our nation’s roads, gas prices continue to increase, while cars have become more fuel efficient, and production of oil domestically has increased.