I have lost count of the number of emails I have received from both family and acquaintances asking me to sign a petition to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline. I responded to all of them asking why they were opposed to this. I then explained that pipelines are the safest way to transport oil, that Canada was going to sell their oil somewhere, and if we didn’t buy it, the Chinese surely would. I hate to have to say it but, I TOLD YOU SO!
Before I go on, let me clue you in on some facts, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built over 35 years ago, and has never suffered a spill that wasn’t the result of sabotage. In each of those cases of sabotage, the spill was rapidly contained and the oil confined to a few acres of dirt. Much easier to clean up than the same amount of oil spilled in a tanker accident in water. Furthermore the technology to build and operate such a pipeline is far more advanced now than when the Trans-Alaska was built. So what’s the problem?
Stopping Keystone XL doesn’t mean a pipeline won’t be built, but rather the pipeline will run west instead of south. Terminating in British Columbia, Canada, and the oil will be loaded onto tankers bound for China. These tankers will ply the pristine waters of the inside gateway and Strait of Juan De Fuca, between Vancouver Island and Washington State. Once more the misguided screams from the environmentalists will likely cause far more harm than they purport to prevent. How much more sensitive could a few acres of dirt in the mid-west be, over the pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest?
Well, it seems that China’s state-run oil company CNOOC, is now poised to cut a $15.1 billion deal with the Canadian oil company Nexen. The pipe will be built west and oil that would have reduced the number of tankers of Middle Eastern oil coming to the US, will not be reduced, and in fact tanker traffic near our coast line will increase. Instead of buying oil from our friend to the north, we will continue to buy oil from the mid-east where the money my well be used against us. These misguided souls who fell for the lie that blocking the XL pipeline would mean that the Canadian oil would stay underground, will have to blame themselves if or heaven forbid, when, a tanker accident happens in northwest waters.
Now with the news that China was about to cut a deal, the same brain-dead Democrats who opposed Keystone XL are backpedaling in high gear. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is now writing letters to “ensure U.S. companies get reciprocal treatment” and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expressing worry about “the Chinese government’s continued attempts to use its state-owned enterprises to acquire global energy resources.” Really? Where the hell were these two morons when it counted? I see this as a lame attempt by the same idiots who led the campaign to block Keystone XL in congress to try to do a little CYA, and to appear to be looking out for US interests. They will fool only their brain-dead loyalists who will refuse to see that it was these morons actions that put us here in the first place.
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Let’s clean house in November, vote for no incumbent, show them who’s boss!