It’s unclear how many radical environmentalists there are in the United States, but what is clear is every American is affected by energy prices. It is also clear that the Keystone XL pipeline would result in billions of dollars of economic activity and thousands of American jobs. An influx of Canadian oil could also help regional gas prices. A decision from President Obama is expected in the near future.
Nonetheless, the project has its naysayers including radical environmentalists and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Their opinions are pretty well known and they think “climate change” is a good reason not to move forward with the pipeline. Some may consider their opinions obnoxious, counterfactual, and nonproductive, but they have a right to voice them. One radical group said:
In Congress, each candidate had his shot at opposing this boondoggle of a project, which, if approved, would mean more pollution, more oil spills, and more huge profits for big oil. Only one candidate did what was right and said no.
Quick rebuttal to our radical friends’ radically erroneous assertions.
First, it won’t mean more pollution. That oil will be extracted and used. It’s just a question of which country will benefit economically from the project – and which one will do it in a more “environmentally friendly way.” Currently the contenders are China and the U.S. You tell me which of those two state players is going to follow the rules.
According to a Fox News poll, 70 percent of Americans support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.
The Heritage Foundation has written extensively on the economic benefits, jobs, and reliable energy source that Keystone would provide; Heritage researchers have also written extensively on the President’s constant stalling on the pipeline’s construction, all for negligible to nonexistent environmental benefits.
Yesterday, Heritage pointed out:
Late last Friday, the State Department released a positive environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama has been delaying this pipeline—which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas—for more than three years.
The delay has meant that America is still waiting on an additional 700,000 to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from a close ally, not to mention 179,000 American jobs.
President Obama talks the talk when it comes to promoting job creation and economic growth, but he has not walked the walk, especially with regard to the Keystone XL pipeline. As we have highlighted on numerous occasions, his obstruction of the Keystone XL pipeline seriously undermines his claim that he cares about jobs or the economy. The construction of Keystone would be a boon to the economy, generating billions of dollars of economic activity. It would provide many Americans with jobs and increase our energy independence.
Yet, the president has wastefully geared his efforts to helping his cronies in the so-called green energy industry, and taxpayers have been harmed in the process. Dozens of these companies have failed and taxpayers have had to bail them out. Yet, President Obama has the audacity to continue funneling taxpayer money to these types of companies.
The good news is that some members of Congress have called on the President to change his stance. The Hill reports that “all 25 Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged approval of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in a Thursday letter to President Obama.” A majority of lawmakers in both the House and the Senate support the pipeline, and they’ve made their support known to Obama.
The principle of federalism in the United States has – once again – received a slap in the face from the Obama administration. In yet another affront to energy independence and prosperity in general, the administration has decided to delay a decision on the TransCanada Corp’s rerouted Keystone XL pipeline until after March.
The decision is delayed despite the fact that the State Department had said it would make a decision before the end of March, despite the fact that work has already begun on the Texas to Oklahoma section of the pipeline, and despite the fact that the Nebraska governor already approved the pipeline — and for good reason.