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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Why is Obama Blocking The Keystone XL Pipeline? Canadians Consider Shipping Oil To China

Who is behind these protests?
Note the sign behind the signs
What is going on in the White House? We have noted:
  • Lavish vacations and trips
  • Appointments of more radicals to the Obama White House Staff
  • Unconstitutional appointments when Congress is not in recess
  • The Growing National Debt Is ‘Now As Big As The Entire U.S. Economy
  • High unemployment created by government interference including the lost oil jobs in the Gulf due to deliberate delays by the Obama administration
  • Military returning home to lost job opportunities
  • The XL Pipeline being blocked
And, now we note that even Canada is fed up and reacting to the continual delays in the Keystone XL Pipeline by President Obama and his staff and agencies. Canada is proceeding with studying its options to ship their oil to China instead of the United States.

Job creators this week are again urging President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The Hill reports, “President Obama should green-light the Keystone pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast without delay, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday. ‘There is no legitimate reason, none at all, to subject it to further delay,’ [Tom] Donohue said in his annual address on the state of business and the economy. . . . Donohue said action is needed this year and cannot be stalled by politics.  ‘Real leaders understand that Americans can have big differences in philosophy but still find common ground,’ Donohue said. ‘They wouldn't tell us that solutions have to wait until after the election.’”

Over 100 trade groups have sent a letter to the president, saying, “[We] urge you to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as possible. With your approval, this shovel-ready project will provide 20,000 jobs in construction and manufacturing in the next two years, and add tens of thousands of additional jobs throughout the economy in other sectors including service, retail and distribution. With our nation's stubbornly high unemployment, it would be irresponsible to let such good-paying jobs slip away.”

Meanwhile, Canada’s Financial Post writes, “TransCanada Corp. has released a detailed job breakdown for the Keystone XL pipeline and said it will create 13,000 construction employment opportunities and 7,000 in manufacturing for Americans. . . . ‘These are new, real U.S. jobs. Thirteen thousand Americans would be put to work constructing our Keystone XL project,’ said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer in a statement. ‘Seven thousand more jobs would be created in the U.S. manufacturing sector, making the materials needed to build Keystone XL.’”

And according to the AP, “A Canadian company attempting to build a $7 billion pipeline to carry oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast soon will have a new route that seeks to allay worries of U.S. regulators, a company executive said Wednesday. ‘In a matter of a very few weeks we will have a route that everyone agrees on,’ said Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada Corp.'s president for energy and oil pipelines. . . . Pourbaix said the Calgary-based company has been meeting with U.S. regulators and officials in Nebraska on mapping a new route that will avoid the environmentally sensitive Sandhills area of Nebraska.”

Why is President Obama stalling the approval of this pipeline which will create jobs, strengthen ties with a valued ally, and reduce reliance on oil from the Middle East? Just a minute, is that the problem? Does President Obama want or intend for the United States to be continually dependent on the radical Muslim countries of the Middle East? Neither the American people and especially the American workers - both union and nonunion workers agree with such a position. The focus should be on jobs and oil for Americans. The American voters are taking note that it appear that our President maybe more than in over his head, he may not even be in favor of protecting the U.S. Economy or the North American economies? Even the Communist leaders in China looks out for their own economy.

Continued delay from the White House could be costly. The AP notes, “Pourbaix and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told North Dakota officials and oil industry representatives that if the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline is not built Canada's oil-sand developers likely would ship the crude to Asia. ‘It's going to go to China if we don't build it here,’ Hoven said.” And USA Today reported on Monday, “While President Obama wants to delay a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper is stepping up efforts to explore an alternative pipeline that would allow Canada to ship their tar sands oil to China. On Tuesday, an independent federal panel in Canada will begin its review of a proposed western pipeline that would carry the oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia. From British Columbia, the oil would be shipped on tankers to oil-hungry China. . . ."

“‘President Obama says we can't wait for action on jobs,’ House Speaker John Boehner's office noted in an e-mail to reporters today. ‘Well, Canada isn't waiting. One way or another, a new energy pipeline will be built. The question the president and Democrats in Washington need to answer is: would Democrats rather American workers get these Keystone jobs? Or China?’”

As Senator  Mitch McConnell said, “Keystone [is] an obvious choice: everybody in Washington says they want more American jobs now. Well, here’s the single largest shovel-ready project in America — ready to go. . . . The labor unions like it. Democrats want it. It strengthens our national security by decreasing the amount of oil we get from unfriendly countries. And it wouldn’t cost the taxpayers a dime. . . . And since I still haven’t heard a good reason from the White House as to why they would block it, . . . The only thing standing between thousands of American workers, and the good jobs this project will provide, is President Obama.”

While the Obama White House has sided with the Occupy protestors and liberal radical environmentalist who have favored blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline and wrecking our economy; they have also motivated and united the voters to focus on a 2012 Occupy the White House movement to replace the incumbent and to pursue actions to fix our economy, free up businesses, access our own resources, and to create jobs for citizens of the United States.

Tags: President, Barack Obama, White House, Keystone XL Pipeline, jobs, American jobs, out economy, Canada, China To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
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Anonymous Josie Atkinson said...

We MUST call our Congressman & Senators everyday about the pipeline!!

Anonymous Florian Schach said...

Blocking this decision on the keystone pipeline is a grave mistake on the part of the government. Whether it decides to go through with the measure or not, people need jobs now, not later. They Keystone pipeline while of course up for discussion, would provide jobs to a lot of people who are seeking active work . To delay this decision puts much of their employ-ability and economic stability at risk.

Blogger Gavin S said...

None of the articles I have found say "Why president Obama is against Keystone"?

Does anyone know why he is against it ?


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