There was a “Keystone XL” pipeline proposal, and controversy about the environmental effects, hazards associated with transporting oil a long distance, and the conflict with the stated policy of having a major, long-term transition to renewable energy.
Perhaps it would be worthwhile to now consider building a pipeline designed to bring large quantities of water from the Pacific ocean to the province Alberta in Canada. If there were a way to quickly and inexpensively neutralize the salt, then it could be used to actually fight the main fire with water. That would be helpful, because wet weather conditions don’t always arrive on schedule. It would be like irrigation of crops, but more sudden, like a flash flood rather than a light rain.
For human consumption, addition of an appropriate quantity of potassium can neutralize the effect of common “table salt” (i.e. sodium chloride). Does anybody know what additives are appropriate to make salty water suitable for use in forests, to avoid killing the trees and other vegetation?
Of course, a pipeline to transport ocean water would need an inner lining of some substance to prevent chemical interaction and corrosion that would be promoted by interaction between metal and salty water.
If global warming occurs, and there is a movement of people towards the north, then northern populations would increase and they would be motivated to increase the amount of food grown there. A major water pipeline would supply water that could be used for irrigation, even if in the short-term that infrastructure is used primarily to protect forests, oil extraction operations, and communities near the oil extraction operations.