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America is locked into oil: Build the pipeline

Build the pipeline because we have no viable option
Build the pipeline because we have no viable option
Photograph by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Because America is governed by “Big Oil” and corporations, the nation’s energy policy remains as it has been, stuck in oil. Obama tried to break away with renewable energy. Al Gore did what he could to pave the way, however, Congress is so corrupted that the energy paradigm remains the same. It is not sustainable and therefore neither is the nation’s economy. As it is, America and the free world need to gain independence from hostile sources such as the Middle East and Russia. So, stop diddle dallying with the XL pipeline, and lay the pipes. Most certainly there will be natural disasters associated with that decision. A big earthquake on the New Madrid fault will pour oil into the rivers and streams. That will also happen in numerous others spots over time. The natural migration of animals will be disrupted, but no one will notice until there is a documentary film about the disastrous consequences. Yes, the air will get dirtier too. The short term benefit will undermine investment needed for a permanent solution that is renewable energy. What the heck, we’re just dumb old Americans marching to the tune of big slicks on Wall Street.

“Green groups don’t avoid pro-Keystone XL pipeline candidates

By Timothy Cama

Centrist Democrats who support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline may not get the cold shoulder from green groups this fall.

Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who’s challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), was the latest to buck her party’s leaders when she announced this week she supports construction of the pipeline.

Democrats from conservative states have joined with Republicans in supporting Keystone XL, which they argue would create jobs and improve the country’s energy independence. In addition to Grimes, at least seven other Senate Democratic incumbents or candidates have supported its construction so far.
But even though green groups have fought tooth and nail to block the oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. over environmental concerns, they aren’t making the issue into a litmus test for Democratic candidates they consider supporting.

Instead, organizations with environmental priorities are weighing Keystone along with other top environmental issues when deciding who to throw their weight behind.

“It’s public record that we’ve already supported candidates who have said that they are in support of the Keystone pipeline,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. “The action fund has made the strategic conclusion in this cycle to focus on climate change, and specifically the president’s climate plan.”

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