As you probably heard, last Thursday the State Department put the Keystone Pipeline on hold again. This time the excuse was to study rerouting a portion of the pipeline that was planned to run through the Sand Hills of Nebraska. It is anyone’s guess what State will be studying however.
The State Department had previously considered alternative routes to bypass the Sand Hills but concluded they were either economically or environmentally impractical.
While State studies again the rerouting that it had already studied and deemed inadvisable, Canada has had enough.
…Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday the country would push to sell its crude to Asian markets instead.
Russ Girling, the Chief Executive of TransCanada Corporation, the company which wanted to build the pipeline, said it best.
If Keystone XL dies, Americans will still wake up the next morning and continue to import 10 million barrels of oil…without the benefit of thousands of jobs and long term energy security.
What Mr. Girling fails to understand, however, is President Obama’s burning desire to be re-elected next year. But to do so, he can’t antagonize the ‘greenies” who are opposed to the pipeline.
Given that as the President’s mission, jobs and energy security will just have to take a back seat.