President Obama’s opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline puts more Oil on Trains like the one in Lac-Mégantic

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 29th, 2013

Week in Review

Oil fuels the modern economy.  We use it everywhere.  And can’t live without it.  Even those people who hate it sipping their coffee while they surf the Internet and engage in social media in their favorite coffee shop.  None of which they could do if it were not for oil.  The coffee they drink crossed the ocean on a ship burning diesel refined from oil.  The smartphone they use contains plastic.  Made from oil.  And these smartphones crossed the ocean on a ship burning diesel before they could use them.  The cars in the drive-thru at the coffee shops are burning gasoline refined from oil.  The freight trains and trucks burn diesel that deliver the goods these coffee shops sell.

Oil makes everything better in our lives.  Without oil life expectancy would plummet.  As hospitals wouldn’t have any life-saving equipment made from plastic.  Ambulances couldn’t speed patients to the hospital.  And there would be no backup generators during a power outage.  As there would be no backup power available at our wastewater treatment plants.  Or at our freshwater pumping stations.  We would return to the 19th century.  Using steam and water power in our factories.  Horses in our cities.  Doing our business in an outhouse.  And drawing our water from a well.  Except for the rich, of course.  Who would be able to enjoy these luxuries.  Luxuries that most of us take for granted today.

Oil is so important in our lives that we should be doing everything within our power to make it as inexpensive and plentiful as possible.  Like building the Keystone XL pipeline.  So we can transport oil safely in large quantities.  Reducing the cost of transportation.  Thus lowering the price at the pump.  Which would also prevent things like this from happening (see What’s in rail tankers and why can’t we know? posted 9/27/2013 on CBC News).

Nearly three months after the  Lac-Mégantic disaster, rail safety remains at the top of the national agenda with a meeting of federal and provincial transport ministers this week focusing on the question of what is in tanker cars and why provinces and municipalities can’t get that information.​

After the conclusion of the meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s transportation minister said the legacy of the Lac-Mégantic disaster in July must be safer rail system across Canada.

Steve Ashton said there is an urgent need to look comprehensively at rail safety at a time when more oil is being shipped by rail and the Lac Mégantic disaster is fresh in the public mind.

This is what happens when the environmentalists get their way.  And President Obama secures their support.  And their money.  President Obama opposes the Keystone XL pipeline.  And other pipelines where he can.  Because his liberal base hates oil.  Even though the lives they enjoy would not be possible without oil.  So their opposition to oil and pipelines forces oil onto trains.  That travel through our cities.  Sometimes derail.  And explode.  Killing 47 in Lac-Mégantic.  And destroying a part of that city.

With continued opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline more oil will travel by train.  More trains will derail.  And explode.  But the Democrats will secure the support of their liberal base.  And the environmentalists can claim a victory in the war against oil.  While they enjoy their coffee and smartphones in their favorite coffee shop.  That only oil makes possible.


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President Obama disagrees with Adults, Republicans, Independents and Democrats over Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 24th, 2012

Week in Review

Republicans are most in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline.  But they’re not the only ones in favor of it (see Americans Favor Keystone XL Pipeline by Elizabeth Mendes posted 3/22/2012 on Gallup).

A solid majority of Americans [57%-29%] think the U.S. government should approve of building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 29% think it should not. Republicans [81%-9%] are almost twice as likely as Democrats [44%-38%] to want the government to approve the oil pipeline. About half of independents [51%-35%] also approve…

The proposal from TransCanada Corporation for building a pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada down to the Gulf of Mexico, first made in 2005, needs approval from the U.S. president because it crosses an international border. The Republicans in Congress inserted a provision on the pipeline in the payroll tax extension bill late last year, but in January, President Obama rejected TransCanada’s permit entirely. However, the administration is allowing TransCanada to reapply for the permit it needs.

The pipeline would travel through the Midwest and the South, and Americans in those two regions are the most likely to approve of the project. Nearly 7 in 10 Midwesterners want the government to approve the building of the pipeline and 61% of those in the South do as well. There has been discussion in Washington and in the media about the potential new jobs the pipeline project would create, which may partly explain the higher support seen in those regions. Americans in the West and East are less likely to approve.

Did you catch that?  TransCanada Corporation has been working on this since 2005.  It’s now 2012.  This kind of gives you an idea of the regulatory hoops Big Oil has to jump through and how many palms they have to grease to get approval.  And then the president rejected their permit.  As a nod to his environmentalist base.  And now TransCanada Corporation is right back where they started.  After who knows how many millions of dollars they’ve spent to get to the Obama rejection.

What is really fascinating is that the people the president is protecting with his permit rejection, those in the route of the pipeline that may suffer the ‘horrors’ of environmental impact, are the ones most in favor of running the pipeline.  And the environmentalists who oppose it live where all the rich and connected environmentalists live.  In California and New York.  (Al Gore lives in a mansion on a beach in California despite global warming and rising oceans.  Yes, environmentalists are rich.)  The people who will be least impacted by any environmental fallout.  And the people that have the most to gain.  As California and New York have some of the highest gas prices in the nation.  Which tells you something.  Environmentalists are rich and can pay for gas whatever it costs.  And they don’t care about the poor and middle class who are hurt by high gas prices.  Which means, of course, that the president is protecting his rich fiends over the poor and middle class.  So much for the Democrat Party being the party that protects the working class.


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President Obama stops the Keystone XL Pipeline because it’s in our Best Interest to pay High Gasoline Prices

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 24th, 2012

Week in Review

The Obama administration stopped the Keystone XL pipeline.  In the face of rising gasoline prices.  Which doesn’t make sense.  Because that pipeline will lower oil prices in the future when it’s pumping oil.  And lower gas prices.  So approving the pipeline would have been the smart thing to do in the long run.  The problem is that it doesn’t help them in the short run on something that is far more important than lowering gas prices (see Obama defends handling of Keystone pipeline by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press, posted 3/22/2012 on Yahoo! News).

Deep in Republican oil country, Obama said lawmakers refused to give his administration enough time review the controversial 1,170-mile Keystone XL pipeline in order to ensure that it wouldn’t compromise the health and safety of people living in surrounding areas.

“Unfortunately, Congress decided they wanted their own timeline,” Obama said. “Not the company, not the experts, but members of Congress who decided this might be a fun political issue decided to try to intervene and make it impossible for us to make an informed decision.”

Really?  You want to use that as your excuse for stopping the Keystone XL pipeline?  That your experts didn’t have enough time to help you arrive at an informed decision?   Just like your experts helped you to arrive at an informed decision to fund Solyndra?  And all those other green energy initiatives that couldn’t receive the necessary private investment capital?  And failed?  That’s the excuse you want to use?

First of all, the president’s experts really aren’t all that good.  Based on their track record of helping people arrive at informed decisions.  Secondly, everyone knows this was a nod to the environmentalist base.  And is purely political.  To help them with fund raising.  And their reelection chances.  As their record on energy and gas prices (or the economy in general) isn’t going to garner them any votes.  So they have to make sure they get 100% of the vote from those who hate oil.  (And a healthy economy.)  The people who wanted them to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.  The environmentalist base.


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