Killing Keystone

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At some point, the chief executive has an obligation to say “enough is enough” and press forward. But, this isn’t a chief executive who’s willing to make a stand of any kind. The answer to the question “how long will it take before Obama has the sense to stand up to the radical environmentalist portion of his base?” remains unknown, but we know this for sure: that answer involves more than three years per issue.

Environmentalist opposition to Keystone XL typically fell into one of two categories: that the pipeline would supposedly endanger sensitive aquifers in Nebraska and that utilizing this particular form of crude would be “dirtier” than using other forms for crude. Neither claim holds up to any scrutiny.

The aquifer issue presupposes a number of faulty precepts. It implies that Keystone XL will be invading virgin territory that has never seen the likes of a pipeline before. In fact, as the Heartland Institute has documented, thousands of miles of pipelines already crisscross the Ogallala aquifer and Keystone XL will cut a relatively small portion of it. Worrying about spills and contamination is another red herring. The regulations and technologies to prevent spills and to quickly clean them up in the event that one should occur are as advanced as they ever have been. Of all of the many pipelines that cross the Ogallala, Keystone XL would be the most modern, most regulated, most protected and, accordingly, the least to worry about.

The dirty crude issue is equally spurious, because the amount of contamination in crude ultimately doesn’t matter. American refiners have to meet the same clean air and clean water standards no matter what kind of crude they’re dealing with. What about the pipeline’s carbon footprint, you may ask. Personally, I don’t worry about such things, but if you do you ought to rest easy. When one does a complete life-cycle analysis (as opposed to the abbreviated versions that environmental groups do in order to support their theories) crude from Alberta is about middle of the pack in terms of net greenhouse gas emissions impact.

Keystone XL would have delivered almost 900,000 barrels of crude to American refiners per day, taking a serious dent out of imports from overseas. It would have created tens of thousands of jobs and generated billions in revenue. It’s a project that’s all upside and it’s hard to understand why any president would want to kill it, particularly in this economy.

Fortunately, the project isn’t dead yet. Keystone XL immediately announced its intention to reapply for a permit. At the same time, it appears that there is a good deal of bi-partisan support in Congress to take the decision out of the president’s hands. With a competing pipeline route that would ship Canadian crude to China under consideration, we can only hope that Congress does indeed take action and soon. For, as yesterday’s announcement so clearly demonstrates, action is not a word in this administration’s vocabulary when it comes to fixing our ailing economy and addressing our energy woes.

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  • mrbean

    If the Republicans don't raise a stink to the heavens about this including crucifying that post menopausal anti semite hag Secretary of State publically when she testifies before Congress on the pipeline this week then there is no hope. I fear that the republicans lack the necessary killer instinct to go for the throat.

    • old white guy

      canada will build a pipeline to the west coast. china and other countries around the pacific rim will line up to buy the oil. the pump price in the u.s. has doubled since obama took office. cutting off the ability to get canadian oil in the future will destroy the u.s. economy. i don't think the country can stand another doubling of oil and energy costs. the chinese are already invested in canadian oil sands and they will more than take up the slack left by the u.s. heh, they will be paying in u.s. dollars until the dollar is worthless. you have to love obama voters.

  • 9-11 Infidel

    That project would have created 25,000 union jobs up front and has the potential to create 100,000 permanent support jobs. Not to mention, it would help us get off of ME oil. Obama is not interested in creating jobs or energy independence. Unless of course, it comports with Obama's tree-hugging constituencies. He's interested in political power at the expense of regular working Americans. Just about anybody is a better choice than Obama at this point.

    • BS77

      it seems whatever the radical liberal left touches turns to dirt

    • Lfox328

      If he continues to do these thing, even Ron Paul will start to look like a good alternative to Obama.

    • fiddler

      "FOCUSSED LIKE A LASER BEAM" remember that?

  • Ken

    You knew that this was coming! Did you really think Obama wanted America to be more stable and have relatively cheap energy?? Remember, under "his" plan, energy rates "would necessarily skyrocket". Obama, uber-Lefties, and progressives are out to topple America as we know it and install what was termed a "gentle dictatorship". Wake up, America or you may find your country "fundamentally transformed" while you sleep.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Obama just could not deprive his OPEC buddies of the American market regardless of the great benefits to tens of thousands of Americans sorely in need of jobs and the difference between the bloody dictatorships he seems to favour and a free and democratic country like Canada.
    He lies and he treats all his "friends and allies" in a like manner. He has proven to be a rude, crude, petulant, vindictive and spiteful president.

    • ingvard

      Yes Mickey, His OPEC buddies that have no Christians, no Jews in any part of construction, maintance or their goverment.
      The "greenies" by in large commies, while middle Americans are to the current occupyer of OUR White House "bitter clingers" and he does not want them to prosper.

  • speedyjerry

    Obama Blunder’s, A Lost Opportunity.

    If he kept Obama-Care under the covers until late in his fourth year he would have picked up seats in 2010, won 2012 and could have abolished the enntire Republican Party during his 2nd term leaving the door open for Hillary 2016

    • InRussetShadows

      I think there's a little impedent to that called the tea party. But hey, what do I know. Obama can lower the sea levels, so I guess forcibly abolishing the opposition party is not beyond his powers.

  • speedyjerry

    He has already proven that the sky is the limit for whatever he desires with the full blessing of the entire media. Ask anyone on the street or your family members who George Soros and Jeff Immelt are, 9 out of 10 will not have any idea.

  • oldtimer

    Another slap in the face of the American people. What made this country great was our independence. We did it all, had it all, needed no other country.(and still do.) We need to elect officials that will do the will of the people and give us back our country.

  • intrcptr2

    This, combined with SOPA and PIPA, is a huge wake-up call for American self-governance.

    Notice liberty is getting it from both ends. So do we manage, somehow, to reassert control over our political institutions, or do "they" win, taking us back to oligarchy?
    Many claim that that battle is already lost and only revolution will suffice (This shows up the difference between OWS and the Tea Party, along with the ends of those different means).
    That may be. But if it comes to blows, who do you think could win, Occupiers smoking their stashes, or those bitter clingers who have guns and typically training from previous military service? Gangbangers can terrorize folks waiting for a subway, or out for a walk after dinner. And academics can inspire all sort of handwringing.

    Who is our John Adams?
    Who is our Thomas Jefferson?
    Where is our Patrick Henry?

  • BS77

    The government is the biggest employer…but it creates little or nothing for sale….so as a result, our economy lags….dragging along this gigantic Nanny State PC bureaucracy …instead of being energy independent, the USA is devolving into a version of Greece or France….a pitiful, top heavy mob of high dollar pencil pushers while the nation founders with five dollar a gallon gas, five dollar loaves of bread and nearly 50 million people on food stamps. Give me a freakin break.

    • BS77

      PS Just thank the OCCUPY morons, goons, losers, street bums andl leftist
      Animal Farm lemmings for their efforts to destroy our country and usher in an era of ruination.

      • fiddler

        YEP equal oppontunity misery.

  • Tony

    NObozo doesn't want the pipeline because it would mean a decrease of funds to the mid-east and his Muslim Brotherhood pals.

  • ordman

    I wonder now much money Warren Buffett and George Soros have invested in Chinese industry? I wonder how much the Chinese are giving the Obama reelection campaign fund along with money to democratic super PACs?

  • hajid

    "it does not change my administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil.”

    Interesting to know that this guy still thinks maybe one hundred more Solyndra would provide energy self-sufficiency? Or he thinks nothing to worry about the oil since he has all the hard working citizens tax money!

    But another thought is why not build a refinery close to Canada to reduce potential leak and attack that many lefts argued with?

  • Joey

    I am a 63 year old Canadian who all my life has always supported the U.S. as a great friend and ally that I thought I would stand beside for my entire life. But the Obama administration has made me rethink that entirely. In fact, it is hard for me to believe that the Obama administration really is American.

    • Ken

      Nice to know someone has our back. The list is getting smaller everyday. Thanks, Joey!

  • kasandra

    I'd argue that he isn't – not because of where he was born but because he takes positions diametrically opposed to those that would be objectively in American interests. While he's hurting our relationships with traditional friends (e.g., UK, Canada, Israel, etc.) he's tried (unsuccessfully) to cultivate relationships with Iran, Syria and Putin's Russia. He is right now trying to give performance data on U.S. anti-missile systems to the Russians (who will surely give the data to Iran, China and who knows who) so they will feel more secure. (Hey, stop laughing.) He gives billions of dollars to Brazil's national oil company for deep sea drilling while placing a moritorium on U.S. deep drilling (at depths less than half the depth – and therefore safer-than the Brazilian drilling). He cancels our space shuttle follow-on program so that for the foreseeable future we will have no manned access to space. And lets not even talk about his profligate spending and massive borrowing that will hobble the country for decades. Believe me, a lot of Americans are as much in disbelief as you.

    • carl

      If you didn't know you were talking about the current president one would assume you were talking about an American-hating traitor. To see all that he's doing on paper is to see the real Obama, and yet, the mainstream media are like blind mice suckling his polished teat.

  • Ghostwriter

    To be honest,I'd rather get oil from the Canadians rather than the Saudis. I know that the Canadians are our friends. The Saudis aren't exactly the most trustworthy people on the face of the earth so I'd rather get our oil from people who ACTUALLY care about us.

  • jacob

    Well, we got what we deserved by allowing a parachutist like OBAMA to become
    President, in spite of all the excess baggage he carried and, paying the devil its
    dues, never denied having it.
    Schelemiel McCain dared not throw to his face in the debates, than when he
    proposed a legislation to curb FREDDIE and FANNIE's abuses, the first one to
    oppose it was no other than then Senator OBAMA, the same one who, as
    President, still has the audacity of pretending to have BUSH as his whipping boy,
    same as the rotten UN has ISRAEL…

    So now, in the epitome of shamelessness, he claims his useless STATE DEPT.
    hasn't had time to review all the material related to the pipeline and though, he
    didn't blink an eye pushing down Congress and our throats the 2,000 pages of
    his OBAMACARE contraption….

    May GOD protect us from politicians

  • Brujo Blanco

    Obama does not want a strong American economy. A strong economy would interfere with the socialist takeover of our country.

  • pyeatte

    Of course this president is a liar when he blames this on the Republicans. He is solely responsible.

  • DrBukk

    If we could just teach the great unwashed that low energy costs lift everybody up with lower prices!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama is anti-American and the Keystone project would help America so as
    Keystone Cop in charge he stops the works, did he vote present, no not even that.
    A liar and fraud he is destroying the wealth of our Nation……………………William