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

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

March 9th, 2012 in Opinion Free Press

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.