Yesterday, while I was listening to the Twins post-game show on WNAX, I heard an ad about TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. The ad’s narrator kept saying over and over that the pipeline would be good for South Dakota and America, and he spoke against background music that was so overtly patriotic as to border on ridiculous. The gist of the message was that the pipeline from Canada will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and will bring lots of new property tax dollars to local governments.
Many of you are probably familiar with TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline which, as I understand it, is now under construction through eastern South Dakota. Keystone XL would go through western South Dakota.
As noted in a story in today’s Daily Republic, South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission is taking public comment on the Keystone XL proposal at meetings today and tomorrow. Mitchell’s own Dusty Johnson, a PUC member, will have a central role in those hearings and in the fate of the proposal.
Do you think, as the TransCanada ad says, that the pipeline will be good for South Dakota and America?