Obama the Job-Killer – Clogged Pipe

Russ Steele

One of my daily blog stops is the Power Line Blog.  Here is their latest insight:

Republicans shouldn’t let a single day go by without reminding voters of the Keystone pipeline, the most visible symbol of the Obama administration’s hostility to economic growth and job creation.

Today’s contribution comes from Michael Ramirez, who depicts Obama stubbornly blocking the jobs pipeline:

OK, you have been reminded that Obama is more interest in votes from environmental wackos than creating jobs for American workers. Stay tuned, because I will do it again tomorrow and again the next day until November.


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.

4 Responses to Obama the Job-Killer – Clogged Pipe

  1. Russ says:

    Labor union quits alliance with greens over Keystone pipeline

    The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) left the BlueGreen Alliance on Friday, citing a disagreement with the group’s members over the Keystone XL pipeline.

    LIUNA, a vocal Keystone supporter, took aim at other unions for opposing the project.
    “We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said in a statement.

    The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of environmental groups and labor unions, confirmed LIUNA’s exit Friday afternoon.

  2. Sean says:

    I am sure you’ve heard that the Canadiens are looking to build a pipeline to the Pacifix so they can sell their crude on the world market. Ironically, that makes is more available to California refineries. Will the this crude end up in CA refineries or will CARB write rules to make it too expensive? Can CA refineries even handle the very heavy crude?

    • Russ says:

      California refineries are capable of heavy oil refining. The nations heavy oil refineries are in California, Texas and Virgin Islands, but the EPA just forced the closing of the one in the Virgin Islands. But, my guess CARB would frown on oil from Canada, and figure out some way to block it’s use in the state.

  3. Russ says:

    From EPA Abuse:

    President Obama’s lame excuse for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline was to blame Republicans for giving him an unreasonable deadline for making the decision. He claimed that there wasn’t sufficient time to determine if the 1,700-mile pipeline would harm the environment.
    But, the Association of Oil Pipelines (AOP) points out that there are an estimated 50,000 miles of crude oil pipelines already crisscrossing the U.S. And, there’s a vast underground network of more than two million miles of energy pipelines throughout the country.

    The AOP points out:
    … several energy experts say the Keystone XL would be no different from an extensive network of energy pipelines already in place – and some say its state-of-the-art design would make it safer than many of the country’s aging pipelines.

    “There’s no shortage of energy pipelines,” Dan Kish, senior vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research, told FoxNews.com. “This pipeline would be better than 1.9 million miles of pipeline already in the United States. It’s newer and has the best technology.”
    Maps of the U.S. energy pipeline system show a vast abundance of crude oil pipelines crossing through states like Montana to Minnesota to Texas.

    Major oil pipelines include a 9,467-mile network operated by Magellan Pipeline Co. LLC; a 7,833-mile system owned by MidAmerican Energy Company; and 7,646 miles of pipeline owned by Plains All-American Pipeline LP. Other top oil pipeline companies include ConocoPhillips with 6,027 miles and Colonial Pipelines with 5,596 miles.

    Kish said underground pipelines are the safest way to transport crude oil, though he acknowledged that “whenever you have any kind of human endeavor, you have potential problems and they do occur.”
    “We have tens of thousands of pipeline and I don’t think there’s any good evidence that pipelines are a significant impact on ecosystems to the point that they can’t adapt,” said Kenneth Green, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

    Kish and Green said the alternative to pipeline systems is to transport the oil by tanker, train or truck – all of which they said pose a considerably higher risk for accident and spillage and cost far more in the long run.

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