Black Gold – a pumpkjack well in Mexico (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons).

Without Oil. Without Allies: USA and the New American Dream of Independent Energy

by MATTEO CONGREGALLI

Hardisty is a town of 634 souls, lost in the Canadian countryside, in the Alberta state. There is a lake park with a camping side. There is also nine-hole golf pitch with a clubhouse. There is no high school and a bus drives students to the closest institute, 20 miles away, every morning.

Cushing, 1,600 miles below, down to Oklahoma, is another countryside town. Nearly 8,000 people, one high school. Deeply Republican. Notable people? A running back who played in the National Football League in the 80?s. Again, Cushing is not a megalopolis.

These two towns, surfacing among crop fields and farms, are the symbol of America’s effort to cope with domestic energy demands. The Keystone pipeline connects Cushing and Hardisty; a long line running from the oil sand fields in Alberta to the world’s biggest crude oil storage site, Cushing, also know as the “Pipeline Crossroad of the World”.

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