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Keystone & Beyond

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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 President Obama’s legacy. Supporters say it will provide reliable energy from a friendly neighbor, adding that if the oil doesn’t come here, it will go to Asia. Opponents say that building it will commit the U.S. 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 pipeline 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 discussed piece of pipe. He will tell that story and be joined by two other reporters for a discussion of how the U.S. can maintain its economy while getting off fossil fuels before frying 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? Join a conversation with leading energy journalists on powering this country’s future.

Space is limited, buy tickets online.

Date:
Thursday. August 21, 2014 6:00 pm
Venue:
The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office
Address:
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595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105
Cost:
$7-$20
Phone:
415-597-6700
Event URL:
www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-08-21/keystone-beyond
Wheelchair Accessibility:
Please contact organizer for wheelchair accessibility information.
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