Hurrah, 17 Senate Democrats crossed the aisle to support the keystone pipeline. No doubt, these stalwart energy proponents
are looking ahead to their 2014 races. "The vote puts new pressure on the Obama Administration to approve the pipeline
project. The southern portion of the pipeline, which didn't require White House approval, is already under construction. The
Senate vote indicates that even Democrats are growing impatient with the delay." But before the champagne is uncorked,
the Green army of diehard crazies form ranks to make their last stand. Putting the issue in proper perspective, the reliable
Robert Bryce warns - While opponents protest, oil companies turn to railroads.
Prior to the environmental cohorts starting a run on shorting
railroad stocks, opponents move to stop
Keystone pipeline, altogether. "The opposition effort is now focused on Secretary of
State John Kerry, who will make a recommendation to President Barack Obama on whether to green-light the project."
In order to leap to the
high moral ground, that fearless leader of foreign policy must be instilled with a new sense of abandoning the Middle East
oil rich gulf region for a new austerity on fossil fuel resources. Here is a sample of the tortured logic from the Barron
of restraint and sacrifice. John Kerry: The Science Is Screaming
At Us, states:
"Though he uses the flip side of Pascal's Wager, which he restates as "What's
the worst that can happen?" Kerry adopts the same basic argument in his Ross Sea speech, in which he makes the case against
climate change skeptics:
"What if the other
people are wrong and we are right; what's the worst that can happen? The destruction of the ecosystem as we live with it today."
Given that choice, as a matter of public responsibility it makes common sense to configure
public policy around the available science and adopt a vigorous plan to reduce carbon emissions."
Sure the global warming fear mongers want you to adopt their weird science as fact, while
they go to extreme means to deny or suppress the economic realities that all of us must deal with. Remember that the transportation
of choice for attending Keystone Pipeline demonstrations are fueled by gasoline or diesel, not their hallowed wind generated
electric vehicles. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs report, In Support of Canadian
Oil Sands counters the hysteria of often-criticized techniques used to extract liquid
gold from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) in Alberta, Canada.
As for environmental concerns for the Keystone Pipeline itself, The Edmond Sun editorial sums up quite nicely.
the environmental concerns. Canada works hard to mitigate the impact of oil sands development. In August we took a trip to
visit a national laboratory devoted to this pursuit entirely. Canada's practices are equal or better than anything required
in the U.S. Yes, oil sands mining operations are not pretty, but then again, neither is coal mining or heavy industry - in
the U.S. or elsewhere. The focus should be on whether the activities are carried out with appropriate environmental protections
and attention to reclamation. Moreover, most future growth in oil sands development will use so-called in situ technologies
that extract oil without surface mining, resulting in less environmental impact and a lower greenhouse gas footprint."
The Washington Times item, Unlocking the Keystone
pipeline illustrates some of those nasty facts that cause the political blockage
from an administration that is bent on fostering an unrealistic energy policy.
"Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of State revised an environmental impact statement
for the 875-mile Keystone XL pipeline. The report contains no conclusive environmental reason for the pipeline not to be built,
said Congressman James Lankford, R-Edmond.
"Fortunately for people
in my state of Oklahoma and states around us, the administration is running out of excuses to continue delaying the Keystone
XL pipeline," Lankford said. "The last major pipeline from Canada took 27 months to approve by the Obama Administration
State Department. So far, the Keystone XL pipeline has consumed 53 months in permitting and administration delays."
Significance of the Seven Reasons Why Obama
Will Approve the Keystone Pipeline arguments what should be of especial concern for John Kerry at the State
"While Mr. Obama says he's all in for boosting oil and gas production, a report by
the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service contradicts him. The record of fossil-fuel production during his tenure reveals
that nearly every recent increase in oil and natural-gas production was on state-owned and private property, not federal land.
U.S. oil production has increased by 1.1 million barrels per day between fiscal 2007 and 2012 on state and private land, but
has fallen by 7 percent on federal land. For natural gas, production since 2007 has grown by 4 trillion cubic feet - up 40
percent on state and private land, but down by 33 percent on federal land.
Congressional Research Service places partial blame on a slowdown in the federal drilling-application process. From 2006 to
2011, the average time needed to approve applications has risen from 218 days to 307 days. The complexity of paperwork involved
in getting the government's approval of drilling sites inhibits production and contributes to higher prices at the pump."
The Oil Roustabout Economy is here to stay for the near future. If the country is to reduce reliance
on foreign oil from unstable sources, the manifest alternative is to tap our friendly neighbor to the north and the resources
domestically in the route of the Keystone Pipeline. "Since the environmentalists base their cosmos on shifting sand,
why not go for the real stuff?" Commerce in petroleum is fluid and spongeable, crossing all borders. The artificial
political obstruction, which delayed and added gratuitous costs to a utilitarian project, violates our real national security.
"If the oil doesn’t head
south of the Canadian border, it will head west to China, which craves cheap oil for its military build-up and its metastasizing
territorial claims in East Asia, which it is Obama’s stated policy to vigorously oppose."
James Hall – March
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