Woody'z in that uncomfortable position of being, once again, the bearer of bad tidings, this time regarding the tar-sands pipelines--yeah, plural.
The pipelines--yes, that's plural--are a done deal. Their final selling point will be (believe it or not) "Safety."
In the wake of recent train-wrecks in the US and Canada, we'll all be told that 1) continuing to ship this toxic, explosive sludge by rail tank-car is too dangerous; 2) the tank-car owners don't wanna double-hull 'em like ocean-going petro-haulers cuz it's too expensive, and 3) since we're not gonna NOT exploit the tar-sands, 4) the pipelines are the "safest" way to do it.
What pipelines are, of course, is less photogenic.
A pipeline leak just looks like an oil spill. No biggee.
But a rail-car derailment can feature columns of billowing, black, toxic smoke, pillars oif fire, and massive destruction to all around it. It's GREAT fuuking video, but it makes the industry look bad, mush worse than a spill you can cover over and/or deny.
So, the pipelines will be approved an built, not LEAST because Prez Lowbar would rather sell his darling baby girls into a life-time of sexuyal bondage than disappoint even one Oilgarch.
The decision, though already made, will not be announced until AFTER the Nov. 'elections," probably during the 'lame-duck' session before the new Members are seated.