It’s time to revisit the Keystone XL issue. The pipeline originally planned to dissect North America from Canada to Louisiana needs a facelift.

The pipeline originally planned to impact supply of North American crude to global markets and reduce domestic dependence on oil from the Middle east is the United States best shot at a strategic response to the coordination of BRICS nations as they step away from the petrodollar and toward multilateral trade. Seven years later, it still faces a political rock, standing at a dead end absent a major rethink.

Originally chartered to trample straight through the sovereign territory of North America’s First Nations, those running the pipeline project and Agenda 47 need to bring the engines in full reverse at the tribal border. Respect the treaty, rethink the plan, and accomplish both goals of growing domestic energy supply and providing good, long term American jobs by refining Albertan crude in states like North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. Both sides of the isle in those states will love you for it, the dollar will love you for it, and the tribal elders may end up showing you some respect for it in return.

The alternative was already tried, so attempting it again would be insane.

Those who proclaimed “Water is Life” meant it. They showed us that there are certain things that money can’t buy. One of those is respect.

Today, First Nation sovereignty falls under the ad litem guardianship of the United States; but nearly 170 years ago, the present day status quo was first established by treaties. Whether warranted or not, the expectation still remains that the 17 tribes that signed on to the Treaty of Fort Laramie with the United States Government would have their borders and water rights honored.

As much as this is just an opinion, it is nothing more than a request to do the right thing. Pause, re-evaluate and avoid the political quagmire of seven years past.

Mr. George Artem holds a Master of Science, Information Systems from the University of Washington and is an America’s Future Spring 2024 Writing Fellow. After completing his 1L year at New England Law | Boston, George returned to Seattle where he helps run a drug and alcohol recovery program for previously unhoused service members at the Shoreline Veterans Center and is a member of the Seattle recovery community. In December of 2016 George participated in the Standing Rock “Water is Life” demonstrations that subsided when the Obama Administration denied necessary permits to Energy Transfer Partners for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline portion of the Keystone XL.

Reference to Historical Record of Events:

ABC News – At Least 2,000 Veterans Arrive at Standing Rock to Protest Dakota Pipeline

The New Yorker – Will the Victory at Standing Rock Outlast Obama?

Congressional Record, Volume 162 Number 174 – Monday, December 5th, 2016

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