Playing to his left base and trying to influence the State Departments decision on the XL Keystone pipeline, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed blasted the XL Keystone Pipeline as carrying dirty oil and stated that it would be wiser to invest in renewable energy.
“The proponents of this pipeline would be wiser to invest instead in job-creating clean energy projects, like renewable power, energy efficiency or advanced vehicles and fuels that would employ thousands of people in the United States rather than increasing our dependency on unsustainable supplies of dirty and polluting oil that could easily be exported.”
This is the first time Harry Reid weighed into this project. This is the same Harry Reid that said that private sector jobs are doing just fine and that it was government jobs that needed propping.
Besides providing a secure energy supply from a friendly nation, the project would create thousands of well paid union jobs, both temporary and permanent. Having been a recipient of a pipeline, which has a right of way of 13 acres on the authors land, the author can attest that all necessary precaustions are taken to restore the land to its original condition if not better than before. Today’s technology, unlike the aging pipeline system of 30 years ago, also reduced the risk of a leak.
The crude oil leaving the Alberta Oil Sands is just as clean as oil produced in California. The rest of the allegations against Alberta oil are really just noice. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and most members of Congress that have received the tour of the Oil Sands, realize that approval of the XL Keystone Pipeline is really a “no brainer”. A decision not to approved the pipeline would be based on ideology, rather than the facts at hand.
Realizing that oil will be around as a prime energy source for some time to come, ask yourself whether you prefer importing oil, some besmudged with blood, from the Middle East or prefer oil from your neighbor to the North, which can provide a reliable and secure supply. The answer is obvious and definitely a “no brainer”.