Obama needs to OK Keystone XL now E-mail
Opinion
Friday, 07 February 2014 11:24

By L&T Managing Editor Larry Phillips

Let’s look at some of the recent hoopla swirling around the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

A joint warning on Jan. 23 by U.S. and Canadian authorities detailed the dangers of increased rail traffic with tank cars hauling oil ­from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Mathew Daly with The Associated Press wrote, “… accident investigators urged their governments to impose new safety rules on so-called oil trains, warning that a ‘major loss of life’ could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil.:

He also noted “… several high-profile accidents involving crude oil shipments (via rail) — including a fiery explosion in North Dakota last month and an explosion that killed 47 people in Canada last year — have raised alarms.”

After these dire warnings, the State Department’s environmental impact report on the Keystone XL pipeline comes out, and it raised “no significant environmental objections to the pipeline.”

Most fair-minded people would see these two stories and come to a logical and rational decision: No pipeline means more rail cars hauling crude oil, more people exposed to fiery deaths from derailments and Obama’s State Department can’t find any rational reason to delay construction of the pipeline.

Let’s build it.

Not so fast say all the ecoterrorists.

Just Monday, environmental groups called for “vigils” across Kansas urging Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. It was part of a national campaign led by the Sierra Club, 350.ORG, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Hip Hop Caucus, and CREDO, among a host of other organizations.

The Hip Hop Causus?

I digress.

The Sierra Club’s email noted, “Activists will hold candles, signs and chant against the pipeline.”

I immediately wondered if they would stand in the ice and snow for long periods chanting? Would they stand in the cold dark all night and chant? How do those candles stay lit in snow whipping around at 20 mph?

These people will not be happy untill all us low-life humans are wiped off the Earth so they can build their Utopia.

They don’t want you using oil, gas, diesel, coal, nuclear power or burning wood in stoves (poor trees) and ruining the Earth with “carbon pollution.”

Forget the fact the U.S. has the best technology in the world for reducing pollutants – and no other countries in the third world will ever stop polluting Earth’s atmosphere.

If these ecoterrorists want any credibility, why don’t they all move to China and stop all those coal plants with their “chanting?”

These ideologues want Americans to live as cavemen to “save the planet.”

They have no credibility, especially when you see these phonies running back to their vehicles to get warmed up with the heater on after “chanting awhile.” Or they run into a heated building to warm up prior to “chanting.”

And their clothing, even if its all cotton, they fail to appreciate the fact cotton could not have been planted, watered, fertilized, harvested and ginned without massive amounts of petroleum products.

When you look at some historical events in the progress of man in the United States, one can’t help but make comparisons to the 5-year delay Obama has imposed on the Keytone XL pipeline and other feats we have accomplished.

1. It only took Americans 410 days to build the Empire State Building.

2. The Alyeska Pipeline was built through 800 miles of the most rugged terrain in the northern hemisphere in 3 years, 2 months.

3. The Golden Gate Bridge was constructed in 4 years, 4 months.

The transcontinental railroad did taker longer than 5 years – it took 6 years to connect the nation from coast to coast. But that was using 1863 to 1869 technology.

Obama has wasted millions in economic growth and jobs for Americans by sidelining the Keystone XL.

It’s beyond shameful for the leader of the free world to do this to his own people – to succumb to a handful of ecoterrorists.

I ask everybody out there – which do you think is safer for human beings – moving oil in railroad cars through town-after-town for 1,200 miles – or through an encapsulated pipeline buried under ground, which goes around towns?

 
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