Liberal Lies about the Keystone Pipeline
For years, liberal lies have stalled progress on the Keystone Pipeline.
These lies have cost jobs.
They’ve hurt they economy.
They’ve hurt the environment.
But don’t liberals want to protect the environment? You might ask that. It is the main rallying cry behind every block these liberals have thrown up to keep the pipeline from being built.
Their efforts have done more harm than good.
It’s easy to conclude that the liberals are hiding behind environmental concerns to advance their real agenda – controlling the energy sector within the United States.
You might think that sounds far-fetched, but allow me to reveal three of the main lies liberals are feeding you about the Keystone Pipeline, and you might change your mind.
Lie #1: Pipelines are Dangerous
To debunk this lie, let’s start with some background.
Nearly six years ago, TransCanada filed a petition with President Obama. They asked to build an extension to the already existing Keystone Pipeline. The intended purpose? To increase the amount of oil that Canada can move from their oil sands into the U.S., with some of it traveling all the way to Gulf Coast refineries.
Environmentalists pitched a fit. They say if the pipeline were ever to burst, it would be catastrophic to the environment and to surrounding communities. The Keystone Pipeline would be too dangerous and should be abandoned, the greenies argue.
That’s not quite accurate.
You might have noticed I referred to this project as an extension. The Keystone Pipeline already exists. It connects oil fields in Canada with refineries in the Midwest. Six hundred thousand barrels of oil travel the existing pipeline every single day! In total we import 2.5 million barrels of Canadian crude a day.
Keystone Pipeline opponents would have you believe that an additional 400,000 barrels is going to break the environment for good.
Another question. If pipelines are so dangerous, why haven’t we been hearing about the terrible disasters associated with the existing pipeline?
We aren’t hearing about them because they haven’t happened. Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil. They have the least environmental impact. And they are more efficient, so they conserve resources. Compared to transport by tanker trucks and trains, pipelines are 70 times as safe.
Pipelines are so efficient that we move natural gas, oil, and gasoline through an existing network of pipe that totals 2.5 million miles. The section of the Keystone Pipeline that is causing all the fuss is just 1179 miles long. That is one hundredth of one percent of the total pipeline we already have in this country.
There’s no argument here. The idea that the Keystone Pipeline is dangerous is simply a myth put out by liberal environmentalists and the mainstream media to stall this project and advance their own agenda.
Lie #2: The Economic
Benefit Will Be Minimal
This is a baseless claim.
Remember when Obama was talking about shovel ready jobs. And then months later when unemployment reached 9%, he joked about it. “Shovel-ready was not as … uh … shovel-ready as we expected,” he said.
Well, the Keystone Pipeline Extension is about as shovel-ready as it gets. We just need bureaucrats and environmental alarmists to step out of the way.
Building the pipeline extension would create 20,000 U.S. jobs right away, according to studies. The pipeline would also help to create 444,000 jobs over the next 20 years. And it would generate $521 billion in U.S. government revenues.
The pipeline will help to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. And it will reduce our dependence on oil from politically unstable countries like those in the Middle East.
The economic benefit of the pipeline is significant.
Lie #3: The Keystone Pipeline Will Harm the Environment
As I mentioned, pipelines are the least dangerous, least damaging way to transport oil. They are also the most efficient. That means that when we use pipelines, we use less gasoline to move things around. Pipelines also have a lower environmental impact than building new roads or new train tracks. These are all good things for the environment.
But let’s get a little more specific. One of the big objections from environmentalists was over the Keystone Pipeline Extension route. The initial route ran the pipeline through a particularly fragile environment in Nebraska. When Nebraska’s governor expressed concern over the proposed route, TransCanada moved it. The proposed pipeline now goes through an area without the same environmental concerns.
In short, the proponents of the pipeline are willing to be reasonable. They’ve listened to the arguments and made adaptations. But it’s not good enough. And it never will be. Because this argument isn’t about the Keystone Pipeline. It’s about controlling the energy in this country, keeping supplies low, and raising prices on the consumer … you.
My friends, the only thing that’s going put this pipeline on the fast track is political pressure. I urge you to contact your Senators and your representative in Congress and tell them to support the pipeline.
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