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So, why does this even make it to the “presidential level”

The “this”?  Keystone XL pipeline.  Why is the president at all involved in this decision?  Why is he threatening a veto if the Republican Congress passes a bill authorizing it?

After all:

The nation’s pipelines are a transportation system. Pipelines enable the safe movement of extraordinary quantities of energy products to industry and consumers, literally fueling our economy and way of life. The arteries of the Nation’s energy infrastructure, as well as one of the safest and least costly ways to transport energy products, our oil and gas pipelines provide the resources needed for national defense, heat and cool our homes, generate power for business and fuel an unparalleled transportation system.

The nation’s more than 2.6 million miles of pipelines safely deliver trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of billions of ton/miles of liquid petroleum products each year. They are essential: the volumes of energy products they move are well beyond the capacity of other forms of transportation. It would take a constant line of tanker trucks, about 750 per day, loading up and moving out every two minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to move the volume of even a modest pipeline. The railroad-equivalent of this single pipeline would be a train of 75 2,000-barrel tank rail cars everyday.

Pipeline systems are the safest means to move these products.

The source?  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation.  Yes, that’s right, the US government.  Executive branch.

Note the facts – 2.6 million miles of pipeline safely moving petroleum products 24/7.  Look at would be required without them.

Oh, wait, look what’s required without Keystone – trucking and railcars, of course. And who has a major stake in those operations continuing?  You know how this works … follow the money.

Can you say “cronyism”?

Sure you can.

The most “transparent administration”, ever!

Btw, GOP … make his veto it or forever be held as the cowards most think you are (after all, you didn’t even have the courage to dump Boehner).


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10 Responses to So, why does this even make it to the “presidential level”

  • Why wasn’t it built five years ago is the question.

    • Because oil was expensive 5 years ago. So we shouldn’t build it.

      And now that oil is lower, we shouldn’t build it.

      Also, if we don’t build it, Canada won’t ship the oil to China. They will just say aw shucks.,

  • We all know the answer here…

    It’s the dogma of the druidic religion of the misanthropic Collective. Barracula is one of its high priests. Or likes the image that he is. And, of course, it is utterly irrational to have delay it THIS long.

  • BNSF transports much of the oil from ND/SD. BNSF is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway’s largest shareholder is Warren Buffet. Warren Buffet is buddies with The Dear Golfer. (I must disclose that I am a longtime happy BRK shareholder).

    • Coincidence I say! Sheer Coincidence!
      Campaign contributions never ever ever (ever!) determine political activity for Democrats!

      Harrumpff Harrumpff!
      Only Republicans would ever let money influence them in such ways!

    • I read a piece that sort of debunked the BNSF concept a while back. I can’t recall where, but you could find it if you’ve a mind to. Seemed credible to me.

  • And why is the govt treating this like it is their money? This is 100% private investment. The govt pissed away a trillion dollars on all sorts of energy projects that did nothing but make donors wealthier and never asked for ten years of environmental studies first.

  • Not sure where to put this comment, but I recall a certain professor who haunts this blog tell us repeatedly that the economic boom under Ronald Reagan was caused largely (if not completely) by a drop in energy prices. I wonder whether he’ll attribute today’s improving economy to the same thing, or if he’ll assign it to Barack Obama working some magic.

    • You doubt that Obama’s Christ-like visage is what’s driving people to just plain work harder, for His glory?!?!

      • No, no. The Heroic Workers of America are prepared to work harder so that they may contribute “their fair share” in the Glorious Cause Of The Collective, and they are making their full-throated call to our Leader to allow them to pay higher taxes ring throughout the Homeland.

        (cue The Internationale )