And if you didn't, you'll probably be fired someday.
moving away from internal combustion engines?
No! Go to hell!
Listen, you'll all think this is horribly selfish and that I'm worse than Hitler, but I enjoy hopping in my truck and driving out to the mountains whenever I feel like it. Or a roadtrip anywhere. Or just to the theater in my own comfortable vehicle whenever I feel like it.
Private, vehicular transportation and the system of roads we have built is the single largest freedom we have as regular citizens. What greater purpose do we have other than living our lives to the fullest?
Go suffer for yourself, enjoy the 3 city blocks you live in and never leave, pretend you somehow demand less hydrocarbons from society, and feel good about all the shameless preaching you'll do about it.
If TransCanada wants to build the pipeline with 100% of their own money, they can do it. Don't do it with US taxpayer money.
What on earth gave you the idea US taxpayer money was being used to build this pipeline, and not TC's capital? Wow, guess I haven't read the craziest of the anti-KXL propaganda...
beyond the societal abilities of Canada
*Sigh*. Another tired argument from someone who doesn't know anything about the industry.
This is driven by economics and the free market, I have no idea what brain twisting you've done to see this as a "societal" thing. Argue if you want that we should make poor economic decisions and build refineries, but at least be aware of what you're arguing for.
I'll give a simple example to illustrate. Imagine you can take a barrel of oil out of the ground, and sell it raw for $50. Or, you can refine the barrel into multiple products through a complicated process, and sell the same volume for $60. Now realize a refinery is massive, dirty (pollution), and extremely expensive (maybe $4-5 billion).
Most of the refining capacity has been available on the gulf coast for a long time as they've been in the industry longer. They're willing to pay more for feedstock (oil) from a reliable, steady source. Why would we build new refineries, to either extract tiny gains or more likely huge losses? If we were to build all their refining capacity, and cut off their supply, their would increase demand and prices at those existing refineries, and make it even less profitable.
I guarantee you every energy company has run through the numbers, and I also guarantee you if they were profitable they'd be all over it.
instead of lying to us and telling us what is good for corporations benefits us.
See, this sounds great and all, but really doesn't make any sense.
Corporations (or businesses) and the vehicle through which private money can get products to consumers in the US. You wouldn't have widespread professional employment options without corporations, which drives your middle class. And the consumerism of that middle class drives over 70% of the massive economy. You would be fucked, and a third world country without that.
No, pretty much your entire comfy, Starbucks sippin' existence is because the government serves the interests of corporations. Always fun to bite the hand that feeds, though.
If the insurance pays
As a non-American it struck me as both funny and sad the first thought/comment on here was about insurance and who pays for all this. Of course that's a consideration, but not at all primary when thinking about the benefits of this technology.
It really is nonsensical by now - just go single payer, it makes too much sense. Readily available data from many countries show it is actually (gasp!) cheaper and provides better outcomes. Well, save for the handful of people rich enough to buy all the doctors, top-of-the-line medical equipment, and immediately jump to the front of the line ahead of those who require care more. I have an inkling the last point is the biggest reason why single-payer hasn't (and may never) happen in the US - once cost factor is removed, hospitals return to true triage systems and treat the sickest, not the richest, people first.
Claiming economic migrants just want good benefits is a disgrace, as you are attempting to cast them all as acting in poor faith. Most want to work...
First you criticize someone for generalizing this group, then you do the same thing yourself in the following sentence. Which is it. Do YOU have any sources to confirm?
Apple on the other hand has figured out how to get poor people on FOOD STAMPS to buy their premium phones.
Right, because in most cases (and what is still true), the service provider pays for most of the up-front cost of the phone in order for you to contract service through them. I laugh if you think Apple's sales numbers would be even close to what they are now should people be required to shell out the $1000+ Apple actually charges for their phones up front.
At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.