Wackos won, but the loss is only temporary
11/11/2011 6 Comments
The lefties are crowing that they won the battle over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, when the President punted the decision to beyond the 2012 election. We won, We won crows Bill McKibben:
Um, we won. You won.
Not completely. The president didn’t outright reject the pipeline permit. My particular fantasy–that he would invite the 1253 people arrested on his doorstep in August inside the gates for a victory picnic by the vegetable garden–didn’t materialize.
But a few minutes ago the president sent the pipeline back to the State Department for a thorough re-review, which most analysts are saying will effectively kill the project. The president explicitly noted climate change, along with the pipeline route, as one of the factors that a new review would need to assess. There’s no way, with an honest review, that a pipeline that helps speed the tapping of the world’s second-largest pool of carbon can pass environmental muster. [Emphasis in the original]
While the global warmers won this round the battle is not over. In the mean time, we become more dependent on foreign oil, rather than us the oil on our own continent. If the pipeline is not built the price of gas and diesel will continue to rise and we will all be losers while the environmentalists are crowing about their big win.
By the 2012 election, it will becoming clearer and clearer that the world in cooling and a Republican President will show the leadership missing in the Obama Presidency by approving the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
If we do not build the pipeline Canada has made it clear they will build one to the Pacific coast and sell the oil to China. The oil sands get mined and the carbon released, but we will not have access to that oil. If the pipeline is not built the only thing the left will have achieved is to raise the price you pay for fuel and make the world a more dangerous place with our dependence on foreign oil.