published Friday, March 9th, 2012

Canada as upset as U.S. over President Barack Obama's blocking of Keystone pipeline

It wasn't only Americans who were let down by President Barack Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have brought oil from Canada to Texas. Canadians were disappointed, too.

The United States has a good record of environmental stewardship with oil, and the pipeline could have been built and run responsibly. Yet the president rejected it for unfounded environmental reasons, killing U.S. jobs and rejecting oil from an ally in a time of high gas prices.

Now, the oil may wind up being shipped to Asia instead.

Ron Liepert, finance minister for Canada's Alberta province, rightly labeled objections to the pipeline "noise" by celebrities and extremists, The Associated Press reported.

"We all saw what happens when politics gets in the way of good economic decisions ...," he said.

The American people should indulge in some "politics," too, by voting in a president in November who will end the Obama administration's hostility to practical energy sources.

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nucanuck said...

Canada upset over the Keystone Pipeline? Hardly. Maybe a few Albertans and a few government officials are annoyed, but they all know that Obama did not reject the Keystone Pipeline, he merely delayed it for further study which was probably a wise political move.

Many millions of people in both Canada and the US are rightfully concerned over the massive environmental degradation that is taking place in Canada's tar sands. This dirty oil has pushed environmentally conscious Canada into becoming one of the earth's leading polluters. Many Canadians believe that Canada should move more slowly in exploiting the tar sands until Canada can develope better proceedures to slow the environmental degradation.

It also should be noted that the First Nations tribes are almost unanimous in their opposition to a pipeline through their lands for a West Coast port to ship oil. Their opposition is morally, not financially, based.

Again, this editorialist has mis-informed/mis-led his readers, seemingly intentionally.

March 9, 2012 at 12:51 a.m.
LisaBrown said...

Blocking keystone would be a symbolic victory against the forces of global warming, but political and strategic interests could rule. The bottom line, unfortunately, is that there is no magic switch to turn off our carbon craving... at least not without crimping or extinguishing the likes of Exxon's profits overnight. Geopolitics, and strategic interests are, in this case, a tragic component of our ability to accept and implement change. Lisa from

March 6, 2013 at 3 a.m.
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