The worst kept secret in America is that the Democrats do not want the Keystone Pipeline to go forward. The reasons they use as an excuse for their resistance to Keystone escape anyone with a modicum of common sense. They publicly worry about the possibility of a spill from the pipeline causing an environmental disaster. The statistics I was able to find suggest that there are somewhere around 2.5 million miles of pipeline throughout the United States. Not all of these transport crude oil, with some carrying natural gas and other types of fuel. Do accidents happen? Most certainly they do. Does that mean we should not build the Keystone Pipeline to take advantage of the tar sands oil in Canada? Most certainly not. To make that leap of logic, one would also have to stop building cars because people have accidents in them. The list of examples that apply could go on for quite a few paragraphs, but I think you get the idea.
But, with the Democrats desperate to stop Keystone, they are using every excuse they can manufacture to put on the brakes. With the Republicans in charge in Congress making it known they will pass a bill approving the final construction of Keystone to go forward, they are getting even more desperate. Even though President Obama is sure to veto the bill, his friends in Congress want to keep him from having to make that very public choice. Therefore, they have been offering amendments to the Senate bill that will approve Keystone. I found two of those amendments to be unusual, but not so much surprising.
Fox News – Among the Democratic amendments killed by the Senate was a proposal to put an 8 cent fee on every barrel of oil which would move through the pipeline and also require financial disclosure of those who benefit from the tar sands project in Canada.
Okay, so the Republicans in the Senate were able to kill the amendments. That’s a good thing. But it begs the questions to be asked. Why single Keystone out to tax the oil that passes through it? Yes, I know they call it a fee, but that’s just a tax in disguise. Just to give you an idea of the revenue that would raise, every 1 million barrels would $80,000. You can see that would grow exponentially as more oil flowed from Canada.
To the other amendment that was killed, which is what prompted me to write this post, why is it so important for the Democrats to know who will profit from the tar sands oil being pumped south to Texas? I thought that’s how this country is supposed to work. If you see a particular product or service that you are interested in furthering, and you have the money to back that particular venture, then you are free to invest to your heart’s content. To the liberals in America who seem to miss the point, making a profit is the point of the entire process. Making said profit is not an evil deed.
Are the Democrats so worried that someone will make a dollar besides their liberal friends in the alternative or green energy sectors? Or do they just have a particular dislike of all things related to the oil and gas? They clearly embrace the jobs that are supposedly being created in the green energy fields. In contrast, they shy away from the jobs that the Keystone Pipeline will create. It appears to me their priorities are fairly clear.