Should we build th pipeline?
In Obamas term as president he opposed the pipeline due to the disruption it could have caused to the farmland and early settlers land. It was proposed that the pipeline would create 8000-12000 jobs, however it was later shown that this was only during the development of the pipeline. After the pipeline has been developed there will only be 40 jobs needed to maintain and repair the pipeline.
Another big issue is that oil is a finite resource and that in our lifetime possibly and definitely the lifetime of our children it will run out. The earth has to prepare for a time when we will no longer have oil as a resource. Is it worth spending billions on a new pipeline when in reality it may only be needed for around 100 years? It could be a much more sustainable development to invest in solar energy or wind farms or the development of biofuels to prepare ourselves for when oil runs out.
Should we build the pipeline?
During the start of his term of office as president of the United States Donald Trump has declared that the pipeline will be built and the process has begun. An increase in oil production will give America a greater independence. In comparison to transportation by vehicle a pipeline is a safer and more long term solution to transportation issues.
During the production and building of the pipeline 8000 to 12000 jobs will be created not to mention a demand on resources from primary sector industry. It is estimated that the pipeline will bring in $55million annually from services to schools, businesses, roads and emergency services. The pipeline will also ease transportation problems in the South of Dakota, it will ease shortages in agriculture and other industry.