Keystone XL Ball in Obama’s Court Now
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Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman sounded the all clear for the Keystone XL pipeline to come through his state. Now, the only thing holding it up are the eco-Marxists in the Obama administration:
The pipeline would transport oil from Canadian oil sands through the U.S. en route to Gulf Coast refineries, providing a major impetus toward North American energy independence. Nebraska and other states also would see immediate financial dividends; Mr. Heineman cited nearly $420 million in economic benefits just from the pipeline’s construction. Thousands of jobs also would be created, and additional tax revenue would pour into the state each year until at least 2030.
But environmental groups remain vehemently opposed to the project, and they are greatly encouraged by Mr. Obama’s recent pledge to battle climate change, seeing it as a possible sign that he will block the pipeline. Despite heavy pressure from presidential challenger Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Mr. Obama last year effectively put off a decision on Keystone until after the 2012 election.
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” the president said during his inaugural address Monday. “The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But American cannot resist this transition. We must lead it.”
The pipeline, critics argue, would contribute significantly to climate change by promoting the use of fossil fuels and producing carbon emissions.
The critics will come up with anything to derail the progress of this project. That last line for example is senseless.
Will the oil not be harvested without the pipeline?
Hardly. It will just be transported differently.
Actually, the environmental danger of a spill increases without the pipeline, as the oil will be transported via rail.
Rail owned by Obama’s favorite billionaire, Warren Buffett.
I expect the project to be delayed or scuttled. The only surprise with be the reasons for it.
What do you think?