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CO2, Fish, Birds, Hypocrisy & Money
It's Not About The Environment, It's About Politics And Money
Chapter 1: The Key Stone XL Pipeline & CO2
In the United States, it usually takes only 2 years from planning and permitting to build a pipeline, unless, of course, you get the federal government, the environmentalists and leftists involved. If a proposed pipeline is to be built on private or state owned land and is under the radar from the federal government and leftist zealots, the process in many cases is stream lined.
Take the BridgeTex pipeline in Texas for example. The 400 mile long pipeline was planned in 2012 to carry 280,000 barrels of oil a day from the Permian Basin in Texas to refineries on the Gulf Cost. The pipeline has been fully permitted and construction is under way. It is scheduled to be completed by this summer, just two years from inception. And what is the difference between this pipeline and Keystone XL pipeline? It doesn't need the approval of the Obama administration. Does anyone even wonder why half the new jobs created in the United States over the last five years were created in Texas? Guess what? They where created in spite of the Obama administration.
Since 2008, the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry 730,000 barrels a day of oil from the tar sand deposits in western Canada and 100,000 barrels per day from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to refineries, has been held up by the Obama administration because of its imagined effect on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Currently the vast majority of the oil is transported by the BNSF Railway owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. If the pipeline is built, Buffett will lose many of his lucrative oil transportation contracts.
On January 31st, after six years, the long awaited environmental report by the State Department on the Keystone XL oil pipeline was finally released. The report, which is a blow to environmentalists who oppose the pipeline no matter what, found that the project would probably have a negligible impact on so called "climate change." Or is it "global warming," I forget. In fact, the State Department report finds that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is the most environmentally friendly option compared to other transportation alternatives, such as railroads and tanker ships, as it will release virtually no CO2 into the atmosphere. The review concludes that a pipeline, like Keystone XL, is a safer, cheaper and the most environmentally benign way of transporting oil. And we needed six years for our government to figure that out.
And what is the reaction from the environmentalists? Ms. May Boeve the executive director of 350.org environmental group says that she will step up her opposition: "The release of the new report will be a green light to escalate our efforts." The Sierra Club also vows to fight on.
Now the decision is up to the president. In his state of the Union address Obama said he would act unilaterally to create jobs. So, where is Obama's pen and phone on the estimated 20,000 jobs that will be immediately create by the pipeline's construction and the hundreds of thousands of countless of other jobs that will be created from the construction of refineries and from the economic expansion from lower oil prices once the pipeline is completed? I wouldn't hold my breath.
So, is it all about CO2 or about politics and money?