Saturday, March 15, 2014

Once More on the Keystone Pipeline

Well, a friend of mine posts a lot of stuff on facebook meant to push my buttons--and he's very good at it--he recently posted a poster of Obama's scandals, nearly none of which hold even a drop of water; a poster that said something along the lines of "Welfare was never meant to be a career decision"; another that said something like: "Stocking shelves, flipping burgers and washing cars were never supposed to support a family. Some people get it, some don't. A lot don't."
    Anyway, he knows I want to strangle him because he's supposed to be really smart, and he is, but he's not intelligent. He wallows in Rush and thinks Sarah Pallin is a real politician with good ideas. And he thinks Barack Obama is Black! Yikes!!!!
    Today he posted on the Keystone pipeline. Now, I am a journalist and I try to remain neutral so that I can see both sides or all nine sides of a nonagon.

This afternoon's nonsense from my friend included this:
Obama continues to delay a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline -- or perhaps his reticence is his decision. Maybe it's because he's dedicated to a different type of drilling. So typical of liberal progressives to shun an evident means to promote our energy and national security. 
He went on to rant on something completely different that I did not address. But I did address his opening comment. Here's what I wrote:

Well, with TransCanada's own company doing the supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) and still saying it sucks, and with TransCanada currently claiming, in the environmental report, that there will be 35 permanent jobs--all going to Canadians--and then what with the southern leg completed now and not having produced a single job for anyone who was not already working, and with all of the tar sands oil--some of which we in the US now use--being shipped to China and Japan and Korea, which will raise the price of domestic crude by maybe $0.15-$0.40 per gallon, well, I'm not sure why you think this will promote our energy or national security.
     I'm not seeing the upside in any direction. And remember, I've talked with and printed interviews with TransCanada's spokespeople, and I've read the 44 page summary of the SEIS several times and talked with the pipe layers and the Chinese making the pipe that's shipped to Canada and then brought to the US for trimming--and then being called US pipe. But I can't seem to find an upside: No tax on the bitumen because it's going to the international freeport of Port Arthur, no jobs beyond guys already working being diverted to the pipeline for a year or two, no permanent jobs except for the HAZMAT people who will clean up the messes; southern line had more than 47 percent of its welds having to be redone, no oil for the US. Just exactly what's in this for us in the US? I'm serious. What do you think is the upside?

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