Today, President Obama killed the Keystone XL Pipeline. That project would have brought 700,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to our gulf coast refineries to be processed. And brought us approximately 20,000 most needed jobs. But, the project has now been shelved, once again, until after the 2012 election.
Under the President’s new, every vote counts program, it simply will not do to lose the far left environmental vote. And, those folks have been picketing the White House recently reminding him that every vote is critical to his re-election.
Wendy Abrams, who raised from $50,000 to $100,000 for Obama in 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, had said rallying her friends around the president would be hard if he approved the pipeline.
Well, President Obama is now their hero.
The environmentalists claim that the pipeline will do two things. First, it might leak “endangering water supplies in Nebraska”. Of course, it might not leak, too, but, let’s think about that statement. Construction of the pipeline will be supervised by our Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and an assortment of other government bureaucracies.
Is our President saying that his administration is too stupid to administer the Keystone project correctly (so that it doesn’t leak), but, at the same time, brilliant enough to promulgate rules regulating virtually every aspect power plant emissions and deep water oil drilling? That seems odd.
Even odder still is the second reason the environmentalists oppose the project…it “will add to greenhouse gas emissions”.
Let’s analyze that as well. The pipeline itself, of course, will not add anything to”‘greenhouse gas emissions”. So I suppose the oil that is being transported is the problem…that is, if we consume it in this country. But, as the President assured Brazil on his last visit there, “we will be your biggest customer” of the oil you drill off your coast.
Does oil consumed in this country from Canada emit more ‘greenhouse gasses” than oil consumed in this country from Brazil?
Logic seems to have nothing to do with the President’s decision…thus, the title of this post.