Obama kills Keystone
Why did Obama nix the Keystone oil pipeline project, which, bringing crude oil all the way from northern Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast, would have created many thousands of jobs and supplied four percent of America’s annual energy needs? The president himself says that a deadline that the House Republicans set on a decision on the project did not give the administration enough time to determine environmental impact. Indeed, the headline of the above-linked story in the print version of the January 19 New York Times announces that “politics”—i.e. Republicans—stood in the way of the pipeline. Thomas Lifson at American Thinker retorts that there are already many thousands of miles of pipelines in the affected area and that there have been no safety problems. He is at a loss to understand why Obama did it, since there was nothing but gain to be had from the project, and nothing but harm from rejecting it—including sending Canada’s business and oil to the Chinese (Canadian PM Steven Harper said he was “profoundly disappointed” by the decision), and greater, not lesser, environmental impact:
… any rational environmentalist understands that the decision will actually harm the environment, because the oil will instead be piped across the Canadian Rockies, to the coast of British Columbia, for shipment to China, instead. The sad fact is that loading and unloading oil from tankers results in spills from time to time, not to mention shipwrecks. Tanker transport of oil is much more environmentally hazardous than pipeline transportation.Could the answer be—as a correspondent has suggested to me—that Obama simply hates America and wants to harm it?
The New York Times, of course, approves the president’s decision, saying we need to develop alternative sources of energy. Remember that the Times defended the administration’s half-billion dollar throwaway to Solyndra and stalwartly denied that the president had done anything in that affair for which he could be criticized. An attitude which, if it is indicative of Obama’s own thinking, suggests that the motive for the rejection of the pipeline was green ideology: the country must have development of alternative sources of energy, and nothing done in pursuit of that, whether it is eagerly transferring billions in taxpayer money to doomed green companies favored by the administration, or stopping the Keystone pipeline project, can be gainsaid.
What can you tell me about our nation’s pipelines?Larry T. adds:
So there are over 2 million miles of pipelines in the U.S.delivering trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and billion of tons of oil, among other things.Laurence B. writes:
I think it truly was politics that nixed the pipeline. Although Obama does seem to hate America, I don’t think that was his impetus here so much as a nice bonus. He had to reject this bill because it was spearheaded by Republicans. The tremendous benefits and bi-partisan approval did not matter. Obama cannot let anything come out of D.C. that he can’t personally lay claim to this election year, and no one would have believed that the pipeline was agreeable with him, even if he approved it.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 22, 2012 07:38 PM | Send