Fw: President Obama Kills Thousands of Jobs!

Subject: President Obama Kills Thousands of Jobs!

Here’s a real “Shovel Ready” project that Obama killed for political reasons! - Noel
If  Americans needed any further proof that the Obama Administration is one of the  most political on record, or that, for all the recent demagoguing, it really  cares only about re-election, not about job creation, then you need look no  further than its cynical Keystone XL oil pipeline decision last  week.
Over  the last several months, radical environmentalists along with Hollywood  celebrity activists descended on the White House in protest, urging President  Barack Obama to block the construction of the $7 billion pipeline that would  bring in more than 700,000 barrels of oil per day from AlbertaCanada, to the  Texas Gulf coast. Last week, they got their wish.
The  Obama Administration on Thursday announced that it would delay a decision on  the pipeline until after the 2012 election. In siding with his leftist  environmentalist, big Hollywood base, President Obama’s ambition is nakedly  apparent, as is his total disregard for the 14 million unemployed Americans  sitting on the sidelines, waiting for Washington to get out of the way so they  can get back to work. And it also shows that for him, politics is more  important than achieving true energy independence for the United  States.
And  here’s why: The Keystone pipeline would have done what the President’s  hundreds of billions of dollars in stimulus spending failed to do. It would  have created thousands of jobs (tens of thousands, by some predictions), while  generating $5.2 billion in property tax revenue for Montana, South Dakota,  Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas. And it would have done it all with  private dollars–not taxpayer dollars.
The  kicker is that despite all the hoopla from the enviro-celebrity protests, this  pipeline should have been anything but controversial, even by the Obama  Administration’s own findings. Heritage’s Nicolas Loris  explains:
Radical  environmentalists act as if this is the first oil pipeline being built in the  United States. We have 50,000 miles of oil pipeline in this country that have  provided massive economic benefits with minimal environmental  harm.
In  short, building the Keystone XL pipeline is nothing new, and it’s one of the  most environmentally sensible ways to transport oil. Even the Obama  Administration determined it to be safe when the State Department’s recent  Environmental Impact Statement found that the pipeline would pose few  environmental risks.
Another  important point is that even if the Keystone pipeline isn’t constructed in the  United States, the resource will still be tapped, and it’s going to head  elsewhere. Heritage’s David Kreutzer explains that the development ofCanada’s  oil sands will be slowed (thereby increasing its cost), and it will be  diverted to non-U.S. consumers, meaning that the Canadian oil will be shipped  across thousands of miles of ocean to Chinese refineries. Kreutzer’s  admonition to the Obama Administration?
So,  block the XL pipeline if you think the environment will be better served by  shipping Canadian oil an extra 6,000 miles across the Pacific in oil-consuming  super tankers and then refining it in less-regulated Chinese refineries. In  addition, be aware that replacing the Canadian oil means the U.S. also must  import more oil by tankers, which are less efficient than  pipelines.
The  facts, though, don’t matter to environmentalist activists. They don’t matter  to certain celebrities, and now they apparently don’t matter to the Obama  Administration, either. Evidently, neither do jobs or energy independence.  Following the President’s decision, actor Robert Redford applauded Obama and  said, “This is American democracy at its best: a president who listens to the  voice of the people and shows the courage to do what’s right for the country.”  No, Mr. Redford, you’re wrong. When the President puts his job over those of  tens of thousands Americans, that is politics and a presidency at its  worst.


Valeyard said...

How strange to see Republicans defending an expansion of American dependence on foreign oil.

Three questions:
How does one measure these "massive economic benefits" and "tens of thousands of jobs"?
Does the author realize that there's plenty of environmental harm, just in Canada, not the U.S.?
Why would the U.S. be unable to buy oil from Canada, merely because one pipeline out of "50,000 miles of oil pipeline" doesn't get built?

gruaud said...

Keystone XL will hurt US citizens, not help them.


Anonymous said...

You really gotta love the part about the Obama Administration being "political" and "car[ing] only about re-election," while supposedly "ignoring" job creation, which polls at or near the top of public concerns.

Which IS it, wing-dings? He cares only about getting re-elected - which, by definition, requires that people VOTE for him - or he DOESN'T care what people want and vote for and just does what the "celebrity liberals" want?

You really can't have it both ways - by definition, it's one or the other.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the pipeline opposed by the farmers and ranchers of that oh so liberal state, Nebraska? Yup, Obama really sided with "the usual lefties" by heeding the complaints of a state so red that Kerry didn't win a single goddamn county of it back in 2004! A regular Berkley of the Midwest!

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