They say they’ll build the “safest pipeline” they can.
While the word “safest” has the “ring” of being better than just “safe,” the superlative loses the absolute value of it being safe at all. For instance, imagine how safe the safest motorcycle is in a highway crash – that is still the “safest” motorcycle by definition.
So would I be ok with it if they build a “safe” pipeline?
That’s what they said in Fukushima.
So how do I reconcile the fact the oil has to be transported by rail in the absence of a pipeline?
The difference in scale of when something does go wrong and the permanence of the pipeline. I am Canadian, and I make sure our kids can have what Canadians left for us.