With American oil production increasing and domestic demand in decline does it make sense to build the Keystone XL pipeline? The Keystone battle is one of the biggest political fights over energy in decades and could shape the legacy of President Obama. Supporters say it will provide reliable energy from a friendly neighbor, adding if the oil doesn’t come here it will go to Asia. Opponents say building it will commit America to some of the dirtiest fuel on Earth and send a message that the country is not serious about stabilizing the climate.
Keystone is just one hunk of metal in a web of energy infrastructure. There are 2.5 million miles of pipelines that carry energy around the United States. As a recent accident in Lynchburg, Virginia demonstrated, transporting the oil by rail is dangerous. Furthermore, other pipelines are in the works to get the oil to ports and global markets.
John Cushman’s book on Keystone tells the story of the country’s most famous piece of pipe. He will tell that story and be joined by two other reporters for a discussion of how America can run its economy while getting off fossil fuels before we fry the planet. Will divestment from fossil fuels have any impact on capital and energy markets? Is attacking supply an effective strategy for decarbonizing the economy? A conversation with leading energy journalists on powering America’s future.
David Baker, Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
John Cushman, Author, Keystone and Beyond; former New York Times reporter
Date: Thursday, August 21
Location: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, Second Floor, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. networking reception and book signing
Cost: $20 non-members, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.