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Russell K. Girling, President & CEO of TransCanada meets with the Globe and Mail editorial board on May 13 2014.
Russell K. Girling, President & CEO of TransCanada meets with the Globe and Mail editorial board on May 13 2014.
(Fred Lum For The Globe and Mail)

Choose pipeline, rail or boat – oil sands aren’t staying buried

The opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline want to frame the debate as a philosophical one between whether we should burn more Canadian oil sands crude, or leave it in the ground. Russ Girling says it’s the wrong question – and the evolving reality of oil transport has proven so.

“Your choices aren’t ‘leave the oil in the ground and move to alternative energy’, the choices really are ‘rail or pipeline’,” the president and CEO of TransCanada Corp., the company that wants to build the controversial project, told The Globe and Mail’s editorial board Tuesday. “Pipeline, by far, is the best alternative.”