Here are some truths, Mr. Liepert, that you probably cannot - or are unwilling to - get your head around:
It's not about national security. It's not about jobs. It's not about the economy. It's not even about the pipeline. It's about perpetuating our dependence on oil, thereby increasing CO2 emissions - through both production and subsequent use - and, as a result, sabotaging if not foreclosing on urgent widespread concentrated development of alternate forms of sustainable green energy. I can't say it anymore clearly or succinctly. The Canadian Embassy in Washington apparently gets this, but you must have missed the memo.
And the consequences if the XL is built? Potentially irreversible damage to the planet because you, Mr. Liepert - addicted as your province is to both oil and gas as economic engines - want to help oil corporations exploit the #tarsands to expand your government coffers. In short, any arguments you make begin on the wrong page and maybe even in the wrong book because our premise is simply one you can't possibly accept.