Keystone: You Want It? You (Don’t) Got it
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.
With the way the President talks, you’d think he wants Americans to have jobs. But actions speak louder than words.
While the President stalls, there are others on the international stage who see the value of Canadian oil, something Forbes writer Brigham McCowan points out:
Even without the pipeline, Canada will continue to extract the oil which would be most likely transported by pipeline and rail to Canada’s coast for shipment to Asian market.
In the end, the President will have done nothing to allow the creation of these 179,000 American jobs; he will have done nothing to protect the environment, because, as the State Department has indicated, any environmental impacts would be manageable; and he will have rejected the voices of 70 percent of Americans who support this project.
But, hey, at least he’s assured us – in a lament during last Friday’s press conference — that he’s “not a dictator”…