If you wanna keep the lights on, you need power
If you need power you need it transporting
If you want it cheap, you need it transported as quickly as possible in the largest amounts
Either you put the pipes on public land or the government forces it onto private land.
Don't want pipes, shut off your electricity and stop buying stuff and stop asking more people to come here to use more if it.
No need for any kind of power = no need for pipes
But this is not the only kind of power that exists. Old Teddy was for renewable resources including the grand promotion of hydroelectric power. He, arguably, started the very progressive movement that so-called conservative Republicans today completely and utterly despise.
I somehow doubt that they want a Teddy Roosevelt in office for 2024. He was also a relatively young candidate; so if we were to elect a a Theodore-like candidate, he wouldn’t be a baby boomer. He would be a Gen-Xer. I think there are still plenty of Teddy Roosevelt today. They just aren’t in the modern Republicans party.
I agree with the advent in both technologies and population, the kind of power generated by hydroelectric and other renewable resources today are impractical. These kinds of power might’ve been practical in Theodore’s age when 36 megawatts might have been able to run an entire town or a very small state in his time.
The US requires some 4.12 million megawatts to function. That is at least an average of 82.4 thousand megawatts across each state. Obviously, not each state needs 82.4 thousand mw, some need much less, while others need much more. Much much more.
And 4.12 million mw is only by today’s standards; not including when the US and the rest of the world’s automobile industry goes completely electric by 2030-2040. Which, yes, that is going to happen. That doesn’t mean fossils fuels will cease, but it is likely many will be converted into electricity. And there is much safer ways of diverting or transporting electric-converted than gas than crude oil.
It can be argued it is equally, if not more impractical, to spend millions, billions on an oil pipeline to transport fuel risking other natural resources that are just as precious if not arguably more valuable than fuel with the continuing advances in technology.
In other words, you will not be using that fuel to transport anything if there is nothing to transport. Such as food, water, and other necessary resources.