Keystone: Rejection in Illinois-8

The Obama administration has demonstrated an uncanny ability to prevent progress from being made with the Keystone XL Pipeline and then to blame it on Republicans in Congress.  Were it not so incredibly inefficient, uncalled for, and bad for our economy, it would almost be impressive.

But alas, it’s not impressive.  It’s poor judgment at its finest.  Heritage has explained that the Keystone XL pipeline would bring up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to the U.S., has bipartisan support, and according to the Department of State, would pose no significant environmental risk.

Nevertheless, according to an article in the Energy and Environment Daily, President Obama’s Democratic and liberal supporters, like Tammy Duckworth who is running to represent Illinois’s 8th district, are still stridently opposed to letting the Keystone project ever come to fruition.  In a debate on March 16, Duckworth and the other Democrat candidate running in the primary agreed “with the Obama administration’s rejection of a permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry Canadian oil sands crude 1,700 miles from Alberta to the Gulf Coast.”

According to the E & E Daily article, liberals also say that they want to wean America off of dependence on foreign oil.  At the same time, Duckworth called the issue of gas prices a “red herring.”

It is a disservice to Americans for liberals to claim that they want America to become energy independent and at the same time prevent viable energy projects here at home from ever getting done.

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