The Republican attack on the President regarding the loss of jobs with the rejection of the KeystoneXL pipeline, was nothing short of hypocritical. Their ‘spin’ doesn’t include the fact that more jobs will probably be created if the pipeline was approved; what they don’t say is that those jobs will most likely be in the field of “oil recovery and clean up” after the pipeline has it’s first accident that destroys water supplies in the pipeline area. Are those the kind of jobs we really want to create? Is that the kind of environmental damage we want to turn a blind eye to? Apparently, the Republicans are more driven by oil company executives than they are for the safety of America, including our future generations. Wasn’t it the Republicans who wanted to protect future generations from inheriting the budget deficit? Why are they willing to sacrifice those generations for immediate profits? I think we all know the answer to that question!
President Made the Right Decision
The President made a reasoned and reasonable decision when he instructed the State Department to deny the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. This project has the high potential to endanger the environment, and the impact on the public health needed a thorough review. However, Congressional Republicans demanded a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision within sixty (60) days (an untenable deadline).
Time is needed to determine the consequences of the proposed 1700-mile pipeline, which would run through one of the Midwest’s major sources of drinking water. A thorough safety review is necessary before giving the go-ahead to this project.
Natural resources must be developed in a responsible fashion. To that end, the President has taken steps to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, including:
* Importing 1.1 million fewer barrels of oil daily
* Increasing wind and solar power by 70 percent
* Supporting over 200,000 clean energy jobs
In addition, fuel economy standards for automobiles and light trucks have been raised, in order to decrease our use of oil for transportation.
Decisions such as this, which have long-term consequences for the environment and for our and our children’s health, cannot be made arbitrarily and without adequate study beforehand.
Carol Ann Ellis