Obama Delays Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline
I was hoping for a flat-out DISapproval of the Keystone XL pipeline. But this delay is better than nothing. The Obama Administration is “delaying” approval for the purpose of finding a different route for transporting tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas.
What “different” route would be better? Apparently the people of (mostly Republican) Nebraska screamed too loudly; something about their aquifer being jeopardized by a massive oil pipeline running through it. So there’s, what, a different region of the country where the people WON’T care that their water supply and their surrounding environment would be devastated by a tar sands oil spill? Good luck with that.
NIMBY means “somebody else’s back yard.” And this “somebody else” will also scream NIMBY. And the search continues.
If you like massive oil spills in Alaskan waters and the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll love the Keystone XL pipeline. (More information on the Keystone XL pipeline here.)
This delay in approval will make the Keystone XL pipeline a major campaign issue for the 2012 election. It’ll come down to which side has a better PR campaign: the “Drill Here Drill Now” inbreds or the rest of the population whose IQs are HIGHER than their shoe sizes.