Like Alberta, North Dakota is in an oil boom. Only 3.5% unemployment rate there.
This is due to the activity surrounding development of North Dakota's Bakken formation. Oil production from here will be shipped through the XL Keystone pipeline being about 25% of what the pipeline will be carrying. This is the same pipeline people are protesting about right now. It sounds like some
Americans are content to stifle all oil production in North America and favor importing MORE oil from Arab countries instead.
There is NO major industry that doesn't have some kind of downside. Talk to anyone from a "one industry" town with an open pit mine, steel foundry, paper mill or other major plant, and you hear of land destruction, pollution etc. (problems that can be fixed). Plant gets closed instead, and the town dies. Makes you wonder if these protesters are "secretly happy" that US businesses closed manufacturing plants in the US and moved them (and are polluting) in China ("better over there than here" attitude)
If they think they're better off sending ALL industry and manufacturing overseas and becoming merely a consuming country, I don't think they can see beyond the nose of their face.
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