Wackos won, but the loss is only temporary

Russ Steele

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.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

6 Responses to Wackos won, but the loss is only temporary

  1. Bob says:

    This is just what the doctor ordered to encourage economic investment and growth so there will be more jobs. This is the perfect example of how we have arrived at where we are today. The Chinese are salivating.

  2. Russ says:

    Oh yes I forgot to mention Obama’s Decision Halts Creation of 20,000 Jobs!

    Obama Sides with Environmental Left Over Jobs, Economy, Energy Security

    Washington, D.C. – Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today commented on the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will delay the Keystone pipeline decision until after the 2012 elections.

    “President Obama has been going around the country saying ‘we can’t wait’ for new jobs, yet his State Department announced today that it will delay the Keystone pipeline decision, putting off, and perhaps ultimately preventing, the creation of over 20,000 jobs immediately and 465,000 by 2035, including 14,400 jobs in Oklahoma,” Senator Inhofe said. 

    “This decision is a clear indication that President Obama’s job-killing global warming agenda is alive and well.  Of course, the strongest opposition to the pipeline comes from outspoken global warming alarmists such as James Hansen, who was arrested this summer while protesting the pipeline at the White House.  As another alarmist, Bill McKibben, said, ‘There have been few even partial victories about global warming in recent years so [the Keystone decision] makes this an important day’ and the delay ‘will effectively kill the project.’ 

    President Obama has sided with the environmental left over unions, whose members would welcome the thousands of jobs that would be created.  He is also harming our efforts to achieve energy security. In his statement today, President Obama said that his administration will continue to work towards ‘strengthening our nation’s energy security’ but his decision will do just the opposite. It will make us even more dependent on oil from the Middle East. 
    “Let’s not forget that the President has taken full responsibility for the final decision on the Keystone pipeline: it is clear that he is stopping the creation of new jobs for Americans in an effort to appease his environmental base and ensure that they turn out for Election Day.” 

  3. If the R’s can’t bludgeon Obama with this terrible decision, we will lose in 2012.

    • steve enos says:

      Todd got this part right about the Presidential election when he said… “we will lose in 2012”.

      Yes the R’s will lose and President Obama will be re-elected.

  4. Sean says:

    Bill Clinton in his latest book talks about one of the biggest mistakes Obama made which was to defer the vote to raise the debt limit until after the elections, hoping to force Republicans to vote on record to raise the debt limit and take ownership of it. We all know how that turned out. My guess is the president sees this as a way to hold on to the environmentalists and motivate them for the election. It will likely help him in fund raising on the east and west coast. Perhaps he thinks blue collar union members in the private sector will see this as leaving the door open to construction jobs at a later date but I just see further alienation of this group in the industrial heartland from the Democratic party. This leaves the private sector blue collar union voter with a difficult choice, do you vote for a party that makes it more difficult to get a raise or the party that makes it more difficult to get a job?

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