Filed under: Capitalism, China, Economy, Election 2012, Energy | Tags: China Wants Oil, Keystone XL Pipeline, Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Reactions in Canada to Obama’s decision to put off a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the American election in 2012 have been extremely negative, according to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Canadian leader is taking part in a summit in Hawaii hosted by the American president. Mr. Harper has discussed oil exports with Chinese President Hu Jintao. If America is not interested, China assuredly is.
President Obama is a little weak in the consequences department. He seems ill prepared to recognize that he is not president of the world and everyone else does not jump to follow what he deems convenient for his reelection campaign. Putting off the decision on the pipeline until 2013 involves a lot more than kill thousands of expected American jobs, but TransCanada is supposed to sit around waiting for another year or two for a decision?
The pipeline has been completely vetted by all government departments involved, but then nothing is ever vetted enough for environmentalists who want to stop anything to do with oil. Do remember that there are no qualifications whatsoever to be “an environmentalist.” No degree in science, no course of study, only feelings about the environment. There are more qualifications to be a meter maid.
The oil comes from tar sands, which environmentalists claim means that it produces high levels of carbon emissions which are falsely blamed for global warming. If they put off the decision long enough, perhaps they can find an endangered species in the pipeline’s path.
The 1700 mile pipeline is good for America and for Canada, and would provide America with a stable source of energy from an ally and create thousands of jobs. Mr. Harper said he “remains optimistic that the project will go ahead because it makes eminent sense.”
ADDENDUM: A spokesman for the president said that :”The president said he will not trade the health and safety of the American people for a few thousand jobs.” What offensive hooey. The pipeline project had been approved by the EPA, the Energy Dept, the Department of the Interior and whatever other regulating bodies had any smidgen of authority.