Canada poised to outflank Obama on Keystone XL dithering

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Canada poised to outflank Obama on Keystone XL dithering

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By John Ruberry

Pres­i­dent Obama may soon find out what how it feels to be un-​upped by Canada in a hockey-​style shootout.

Since his inau­gu­ra­tion nearly six years ago, Obama has been drag­ging his feet in regards to approv­ing the Key­stone XL pipeline. The pro­posed pipeline will bring much-​needed petro­leum from our friends in Alberta in Canada to the United States, which will lessen our need to import oil from hos­tile regimes such as Venezuela and Saudi Ara­bia. I can’t imag­ine Amer­ica buy­ing oil from the Islamic State, but more oil on the mar­ket means cheaper prices, which will of course harm ISIS and bol­ster our national security.

The north­ern seg­ment of Key­stone will pass through the Dako­tas and Nebraska. There is a smat­ter­ing of local oppo­si­tion in the Corn­husker State and some legal obsta­cles, but let’s be clear: Obama, the man who bragged ear­lier this year that he doesn’t need Con­gress to make things hap­pen because, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” would have found a way to break ground for Key­stone XL by now if that’s what he wanted.

But Obama is of course more con­cerned about the needs of his wealthy envi­ron­men­tal­ist donors, who either believe that the era of fos­sil fuels is over or that the use of this Cana­dian oil will con­tribute to global warm­ing. Obama, who once promised to heal the planet, is on the verge of being outmaneuvered.

Tran­sCanada Corp., the mover behind Key­stone, is strongly con­sid­er­ing an-​all Canada pipeline for the Alberta petro­leum, Energy East, the ter­mi­nus of which will be at St. John, New Brunswick on the Atlantic Ocean. The oil can be shipped from there to Amer­ica or to west­ern Europe, which will be wel­comed with open spig­ots by coun­tries fed up with buy­ing petro­leum from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.Canada

Bloomberg News is report­ing that the sup­port­ers of Energy East are very con­fi­dent that it will be built. A pro­posed west­ern Cana­dian pipeline could still be con­structed, although that route faces oppo­si­tion from some Cana­dian First Nations people.

But if Key­stone is built, it will mean up to 40,000, good pay­ing–and are you read­ing this Obama? – union jobs. If the new pipeline from Alberta never crosses Amer­i­can soil, those jobs will taken by Cana­di­ans. Mean­while, we have to go back to the sad Jimmy Carter years to find a time where the Amer­i­can labor par­tic­i­pa­tion rate has been lower than it is now.

I can imag­ine Obama look­ing north soon, as Jay Gatsby did from West Egg at the green light at the end of Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s pier, at those thou­sands of new jobs north of the border.

The last words are for the envi­ron­men­tal­ists: Despite your numer­ous protests and your arm-​twisting of Obama, that oil is going to be pumped from the sands of Alberta whether you like it or not. Your Cana­dian War is over.

You lost.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

Autumn pipes
Next stop Atlantic Ocean?

By John Ruberry

President Obama may soon find out what how it feels to be un-upped by Canada in a hockey-style shootout.

Since his inauguration nearly six years ago, Obama has been dragging his feet in regards to approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline will bring much-needed petroleum from our friends in Alberta in Canada to the United States, which will lessen our need to import oil from hostile regimes such as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. I can’t imagine America buying oil from the Islamic State, but more oil on the market means cheaper prices, which will of course harm ISIS and bolster our national security.

The northern segment of Keystone will pass through the Dakotas and Nebraska. There is a smattering of local opposition in the Cornhusker State and some legal obstacles, but let’s be clear: Obama, the man who bragged earlier this year that he doesn’t need Congress to make things happen because, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” would have found a way to break ground for Keystone XL by now if that’s what he wanted.

But Obama is of course more concerned about the needs of his wealthy environmentalist donors, who either believe that the era of fossil fuels is over or that the use of this Canadian oil will contribute to global warming. Obama, who once promised to heal the planet, is on the verge of being outmaneuvered.

TransCanada Corp., the mover behind Keystone, is strongly considering an-all Canada pipeline for the Alberta petroleum, Energy East, the terminus of which will be at St. John, New Brunswick on the Atlantic Ocean. The oil can be shipped from there to America or to western Europe, which will be welcomed with open spigots by countries fed up with buying petroleum from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.Canada

Bloomberg News is reporting that the supporters of Energy East are very confident that it will be built. A proposed western Canadian pipeline could still be constructed, although that route faces opposition from some Canadian First Nations people.

But if Keystone is built, it will mean up to 40,000, good paying–and are you reading this Obama?–union jobs. If the new pipeline from Alberta never crosses American soil, those jobs will taken by Canadians. Meanwhile, we have to go back to the sad Jimmy Carter years to find a time where the American labor participation rate has been lower than it is now.

I can imagine Obama looking north soon, as Jay Gatsby did from West Egg at the green light at the end of Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s pier, at those thousands of new jobs north of the border.

The last words are for the environmentalists: Despite your numerous protests and your arm-twisting of Obama, that oil is going to be pumped from the sands of Alberta whether you like it or not. Your Canadian War is over.

You lost.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.