A New Proposal For The New Pipeline

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As the United States tries to keep its promises to stay committed towards developing cleaner and greener energy, a new proposal arises for a pipeline that would originate from Alberta in northern Canada to oil refineries in close proximity to the Gulf region of the U.S. Specifically, the refineries in Texas and Oklahoma. The proposal for the new pipeline would come to be called the Keystone XL. Since its introduction in Congress in 2008, the pipeline has been a source of controversy and public opposition for Congress, due to fears over the environmental impacts from such a pipeline and critics who question the need for a pipeline to transport vast amounts of oil across the U.S. The oil that would be produced from Canada would come from tar…show more content…
The major types of rhetoric found in these sources include the ethos and pathos. Less frequently, fallacies are also uncovered, which include loaded language and hasty generalization. The source that contains the least amount of bias and is relatively objective throughout the source. In every source, the heavy usage of statistics and logical appeals were employed. In the scholarly article written by Congressman Lee Terry, he argues that the United States should approve of the Keystone XL in order to secure energy security and to bolster the U.S.’s economy with thousands of jobs that will also result from the approval of the pipeline. Additionally, he claims that the proposed pipeline will not have a negative impact on the environment. To back up his claims, Terry cites many statistics which include reports from the Department of State, whom conducted numerous amounts of environmental impact assessments for the Keystone XL, transcripts from meetings in Congress, and scientific articles concerning the impact of tar sands on the environment. An example is when he refutes a claim from the National Resources Defense Council who argue that bitumen, harvested from tar sands, is more corrosive than other oils and thus should not be sent through a pipeline. His refutation comes from citations he paraphrased that originally came from reports from corporate-sponsored scientists and state agencies who argue that bitumen is not corrosive under normal conditions in
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