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Pipeline should proceed

February 22, 2013
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Recently, thousands of radical environmental bullies marched in Washington, many of them carrying signs demanding an energy policy "beyond coal." But their burning desire was to remind President Obama of their opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Throughout his first term, Obama blocked permits needed to build the pipeline from Canada into the United States. The plan is to pump about 700,000 barrels of Canadian oil a day to U.S. refineries. Obviously, that would have a substantial effect on prices Americans pay for gasoline - as well as our national security. Every barrel of oil we buy from Canada is one less we have to import from Venezuela or the Middle East.

During his first term, Obama used the excuse that he was worried about oil spills affecting a major underground aquifer in Nebraska. But the proposed pipeline route has been changed, and that state's governor has endorsed Keystone XL.

Radical environmentalists now insist production of Canadian shale oil will harm the environment. But what about the effect on water and air quality of the hundreds of oil tankers we use now to import oil?

And what about damaging our relationship with Canada by rejecting the pipeline? Our neighbor to the north is our most important trading partner, as well as a staunch military ally.

Obama should allow the pipeline to proceed. He needs to worry more about the millions of Americans it would benefit than about a few thousand protesters.

 
 

 

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