Written : Feb. 05 and 07, 2012
President Obama, the energy president, vetoed the job-creating Keystone XL Pipeline a couple of weeks ago. This is the project we hoped would bring Canadian oil through parts of Canada and the U.S. to its terminus at the Gulf of Mexico, for refinement and import into this country – and for sale overseas. At least twenty-thousand jobs plus an estimated 100,000 spin-off jobs - went right down the toilet. What a political and pompous decision. The president threw out profits for American companies because he said House Republicans included a provision in other legislation which required him either 1: to issue the pipeline’s permit or 2: explain by Feb. 21 why building Keystone didn’t fall into America’s best interest. Waaah!
Possibly the most stubborn, self-righteous, and insensitive U.S. president of all-time, he said, "This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.” For this he punished the U.S. people and their economy. I believe this also fits the unrealistic and illogical environmental activist position that we must not promote the oil industry in any way because someone will, sometime in the distant future, dream up a new, now non-existent, inexpensive form of energy – if we invest $trillions in its research. Yes, it’s the energy of the future – the twenty-third or twenty-fourth century perhaps, but what are we going to do for fuel now? No, not high-speed rail, my days of riding the subway are over!
The consequences of his knee-jerk decision are as follows: Canada will build the pipeline west instead of south – and steer it for the Canadian Pacific instead of the U.S. Gulf. Canada will reap the profits, not America, and the oil will be sold to parts west, including China. Losing to China – again? Oh, well, President Obama doesn’t seem to care. Those wascaly Republicans simply can’t ask anything of him. The president showed them! His sensitive ego is protected, but the American people sure aren’t.
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