Some of the obvious benefits of building the pipeline are that the project would bring more high paying jobs, more oil delivered in the safest manner possible, greater energy independence, enhanced national security, closer ties to our friend and neighbor Canada and more tax dollars to government coffers. Yet the Obama administration remains unwilling to give the project the green light despite the passage of six long years since it was first requested.
Jonathan Gruber called the American people stupid when discussing the gullibility of the American voters regarding the ObamaCare legislation. But are We the People going to continue to play the role of the stupid ones for Obama and his team of story tellers?
From the beginning, the Keystone XL Pipeline non-decision has been a crystal clear example of all politics, all the time Obama government in action. The time to act is now.
In addition to all of the other good reasons referenced above, SAFETY is another huge reason to stop the political game playing and finally get on with doing the people's work.
Why Blocking Oil Pipelines Is Dangerous tells the safety story:
In addition to that, crude-oil volumes shipped by rail have increased rapidly in recent years. While protesters were trying to stop the 830,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Keystone XL Pipeline that would connect the oil sands in Alberta and the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast, railroads essentially built a Keystone XL on rail in about three years. Oil shipped from the Bakken formation in North Dakota grew from nearly zero to 700,000 bpd, with Warren Buffett’s BNSF railroad as the dominant player.
Further, there are oil tankers and barges that move oil from terminals in Alaska and on the Gulf Coast to refineries in California and on the East Coast.
It is a given that there is risk involved in moving flammable liquids around the country, just as there is risk in driving a car. If we use oil, there is going to be some level of risk in transporting it.
The question should then be, “What is the safest way to move crude oil throughout North America, how can we make it safer, and what level of risk is tolerable?”
Pipelines are historically the safest and least energy-intensive way to ship oil on land. The U.S. State Department reported earlier this year that if the oil destined to flow through the still-stalled Keystone XL pipeline switches to freight trains, this may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year due to the higher risk from rail.
That doesn’t mean that rail can’t be made safer, nor does it imply that pipeline accidents are acceptable.
But the key to making them safer is understanding the risks, calculating the potential impacts, and mitigating these risks and impacts to the greatest possible extent. Naively blocking pipelines without reducing the oil demand is a sure way to make the situation more, not less risky."
We have plenty of oil.
So does our neighbor and ally Canada.
Pipelines are the demonstrably safest way to transport oil throughout North America.
The Keystone XL Pipeline would replace the need for importing Venezuelan oil.
Yet President Obama thwarts the approval of the pipeline's construction. How 'stupid' does he think we are?
Greater North American energy independence is very much within the grasp of We the People.
All our government has to do is get out of the private sector's way and it will happen.
That's my take.