Keystone and Warren’s Parochial View of the Environment

(Professor Warren just gave Senator Brown a large gift.  I would expect American Crossroads GpS ads to start soon. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

As Congress continues to debate critical tax and funding issues down to the very last minute, an event that has become all too common and, in my opinion, needs to stop, the issue of whether to approve the construction of the Keystone pipeline from Canada to Houston has taken center stage.

President Obama has declared that he will defer any approval of the pipeline until 2013, conveniently after the 2012 presidential election.  The pure politics of this decision is best described by Newt when he said the following during the Thursday night debate in Sioux City:

“Once again, President Obama has demonstrated that he cares more about appeasing radical constituencies than making energy more affordable for American families and businesses, creating more American jobs, and lowering our dependence on oil from unfriendly nations.

Only days after we learned that at least 9% of Americans were unemployed for the 30th straight month, the President has made a decision that will only prolong this suffering by delaying a project that could have created 20,000 new American jobs next year.  The Keystone XL pipeline would have sent 700,000barrels of oil a day from Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, The Dakotas, and Alberta to Gulf Coast refinereries, which would lower staggering gas and diesel prices for Americans and replace oil imports from overseas.

The Keystone XL pipeline creates critical infrastructure for American economy without a single penny of taxpayer money. As part of my Day One Plan in the 21st Century Contract with America, I will approve this project on the first day of my administration.”

Whether to approve the pipeline now or ever is also an issue that places Elizabeth Warren in stark contrast.

Scott Brown has stated that he supports the approval and construction of the pipeline as it will create 1,000’s of jobs for Americans and move us closer to energy independence.

Elizabeth Warren has stated that she does not favor approving the pipeline at this time as she has serious environmental concerns.  Having heard this several times over the last few days I began to wonder is there may be something to this concern.  So I thought about the two options before us.  One, the US approves the pipeline and it is constructed pursuant to US regulatory requirements and subject to the oversight of federal, state and local governments with the oil shipped to a refinery subject to those same oversights.  The other option is that the pipeline would be built to the ocean where the oil would be sold to China, loaded on tankers, shipped across the ocean and used in Chinese refineries.  Absolutely NO oversight or control by the US government at any level.  No concern about what might happen to the environment from all this shipping and use in another control.  No concern about how the oil will get to Houston from other sources for production of products there.

So what I am left with is a feeling that Elizabeth Warren either doesn’t trust the US government to provide oversight of the construction, shipping and production processes or she only cares about the environment in the US and not internationally.  Neither one a good choice, especially when you are an out of work union worker who would love to get back to work on a project that is the very definition of shovel ready.

So come on Liz, show your faith in the US government to oversee the processes here in this country and help put some good people back to work, support the approval and construction of the Keystone pipeline.  Its good for America, our economy and our environment.

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