Nebraska Republicans repeating talking points from Al Gore and Hollywood airheads
After three years of cumbersome red tape, environmental impact
studies, and endless litigation, the Canadian Keystone KL Pipeline
extension project is close to obtaining final approval from the State
Department. This $7 billion pipeline project, when completed, would
transport over 700,000 barrels of oil per day from the Canadian tar
sands in northeast Alberta to the hungry oil refineries on the Texas
Gulf coast. This project, along with current imports, would deliver 10%
of our energy needs from our most friendly ally, by using the safest,
most efficient means of transportation; a pipeline.
Due to the international scope of this project, the State Department
was required to sign off on its final approval. Despite the issuance of
two favorable impact studies from the State Department, the EPA had
refused to issue the requisite permits for this 1,800-mile pipeline – an
endeavor that would create close to 120,000 primary and secondary jobs
and generate $5.2 billion in property tax revenue for Montana, South
Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Finally, amidst growing pressure from House Republicans, and the
threat from TransCanada Corp. to take their business to – you guessed it
– China, the administration appeared to be backing down. Last Friday, the State Department published their revised environmental impact study
to satisfy the EPA’s new demands for even more scrutiny. The report
concluded once again that the pipeline would have “no significant
impact” on local environmental resources. They also astutely observed
that “if the proposed Project is not implemented, Canadian producers
would seek alternative transportation systems to move oil to markets
other than the U.S.” Even ultra-greenie Energy Secretary Steven Chu
appeared to support the project,
noting that “it’s certainly true that having Canada as a supplier of
our oil is much more comforting than to have other countries supply our
oil,” and that the technology for oil sand extraction is “improving
dramatically.” [video here]
Now, as the public ways in during the final 90 days prior to the project’s approval, environmental groups and Hollywood figures are having a meltdown. Sadly, it appears that Republican Governor Dave Heineman and several other Nebraska GOPers are throwing in with them.
Yesterday, the Nebraska Republican penned a letter
to the President and Secretary of State requesting that they deny the
permit for the pipeline. While emphasizing that he supports the
underlying premise of the pipeline, Heineman stated that he objects to
the current route of the pipeline for fear that an oil spill would
affect that Ogallala Aquifer – an underground water table in western
Nebraska. Senator Mike Johanns and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry joined Heineman in his opposition to the permit.
While Heineman’s concern sounds rationale on the surface, in reality,
it is baseless. Unlike oil tankers, pipelines are much safer, and in
the rare event of a spill, the affected area is measured in tens of
feet; not thousands. Much like the embellished concerns of water
pollution from shale fracking, the complaints against the pipeline are
unfounded and nothing more than radical left-wing talking points.
That’s why even the State Department and the EPA are not concerned about
a potential leak from the pipeline into the water table. It is also
why every other Governor, including Montana’s Democrat Gov. Brian
Schweitzer, approves of the project, despite the vast water tables in
their states that are near the pipeline.
The only legitimate threat to the water supply comes from the ethanol production that is so blithely promoted by Nebraska’s Republicans, without any regard for the Ogallala Aquifer.
TransCanada has already agreed to over 50 State Department conditions
that preclude the fears of environmentalists. If we followed every
faux claim of energy pollution, we would never be able to produce or
transport energy anywhere, and we would be living without electricity.
Despite Heineman’s rhetoric, his efforts, if successful, would
completely scuttle the pipeline.
Anyone with an IQ superior to that of the Hollywood sluts and
unwashed hippies intuitively understand that oil is still, for better or
worse, the lifeblood of our economy. There is no better place to import
our oil than from Canada, and there is no better means of importing it
than through a pipeline. Liberal destruction of oil productivity is
already threatening the viability of the Alaska Pipeline. Radical
environmentalists, along with anti-capitalists are now seeking to
destroy jobs, reduce income, and raise the cost of living on everyone,
by blocking a pipeline project that has withstood the most rigorous
environmental red tape. Do Republicans really need to throw in with such
an unsavory crowd?
When the EPA, State Department, and Steven Chu are ready to abandon
their phony arguments against the pipeline, it is a real indication that
the opposition is out of gas. Yet, Dave Heineman and his compatriots
are spewing the carbon-emitting fallacies of Hollywood actresses and Al
Gore, to the detriment of the American people.
Cross-posted to RedState.com