An economist and labor expert says last weekend's rail accident
in Canada is all the more reason for the U.S. to approve the
Keystone XL pipeline.
Seventy-three cars carrying crude oil derailed in Quebec,
killing at least 13 people and spilling oil into the surrounding
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Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute released a study last year
titled "Pipelines Are Safest For Transportation Of Oil And
"What we find," she says, "is that if you look at injury and
incident rates, hospitalization and total rates of accidents from
road, rail and pipeline, we find that pipelines are safer than road
The Quebec incident has brought into question comments made by
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last May in New York City.
He said that oil from Canada would come into the U.S. one way or
another, but the rail alternative to the Keystone XL pipeline would
be "far more environmentally challenging."
Furchtgott-Roth also points out that 70 percent of crude oil and
petroleum products are shipped by pipeline on a ton-mile basis.
Rail accounts for around three percent.