Friday, November 6, 2015

Quickies: The Shoe Has Dropped

     This was foreordained:

     WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday announced that he had rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a flash point in the debate over his climate policies.

     Mr. Obama’s denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, comes as he is seeking to build an ambitious legacy on climate change.

     “The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,’’ the president said in remarks from the White House.

     The move was made ahead of a major United Nations summit meeting on climate change in Paris in December, when Mr. Obama hopes to help broker a historic agreement committing the world’s nations to enacting new policies to counter global warming. While the rejection of the pipeline is largely symbolic, Mr. Obama has sought to telegraph to other world leaders that the United States is serious about acting on climate change.

     With the December meeting in Paris drawing ever nearer, The Won simply had to “lay down a marker” to assure his enviro-fascist supporters that he would carry their banner and no one else’s. To do otherwise would have weakened the Democrats’ hold on the Green Bigots, possibly to the point of alienating them. Other factions within the Democrats’ coalition, particularly the unions, will be displeased, but it’s unlikely to shake their long-time alliance with the Party of Treason.

     This country is closely webbed with pipelines. The Keystone XL pipeline would have brought Canadian tar sands oil to refineries better able to handle it than any other processing center in the world. American refineries are the world champions at minimizing risks of spillage and undesired effluents. But just because the pipeline won’t be built doesn’t mean the oil won’t be sold and shipped to someone – and that someone will take greater risks and release more effluents than would the American refineries to which it would otherwise have gone. Therefore, if Obama were truly serious about reducing environmental hazards as he claims to see them, he would have approved the pipeline. The above decision has revealed his stance, like so many others, to be wholly fraudulent, adopted for political reasons alone.

     No surprise there, either.


Mark in Minnesota said...

Hopefully the next administration can just give the 'go ahead'. I can't think of a single correct decision that this fool has made. On anything.

I'm doubtful that Canada can ship any significant quantity of tar sands oil to any place but the U.S. though. It would require a pipeline that would have to cross the Rockies. An undertaking that would make the Alaskan oil pipeline look like a junior-high science fair project.

Unknown said...

Tom Steyer and Warren Buffet stand to make multiples of the millions they spent on the elections of the Won on a blocked Keystone and the continued trans-shipping of that same oil by Burlington Northern.

Follow the money...

Tim Turner said...

“The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,’’ the president said in remarks from the White House.

Assuming Obama meant "contribution" in the positive sense, I believe it could be argued that the pipeline would make more of a contribution than everything this administration has done for the past seven years.

Bruce said...

Buffett be damned. See if a bump in the polls occurs to the first candidate to state that they'd grant approval minutes after taking the oath Jan 20, 2017. That will tell you where public sentiment stands.

Enviromental wackos gave us the biggest mass murderer in history. More than Stalin and Hitler combined. Rachel Carlson got the world fired up to ban DDT BEFORE a viable alternative was available. Result, over a million more deaths from malaria per year for almost 50 years. But they don't count to the average Greenpeace kid since they were mostly little black babies in Africa.

Reg T said...

Margaret Sanger - the founder of Planned Parenthood - was responsible for the deaths of millions right here in America, and continues so, as PP benefits from the sale of baby organs from aborted babies and even whole, delivered babies. Black women - and consequently, black babies - are the most frequent victims. You won't hear that from the Left, just as you won't hear that Eric Holder's wife is a co-owner of an abortion clinic in College Park, Goergia - which is 90% black.