Are we going to build Keystone or not?

The State Department can’t really find any objections on an environmental basis. The greenies are focusing on the parts of the report saying how nasty tar sands oil is; that part really doesn’t matter, because Canada is going to dig it up anyway, and somebody is going to refine it and use it even if we don’t. This heavy crude is currently being shipped by rail to refineries on the Gulf coast; TransCanada could also build a pipeline to their Pacific coast and sell it to the Chinese. (Besides, if you object to tar sands crude, why are you making such a big deal about shale, horizontal drilling and fracking?)

This has gone on long enough. Environmentalists have latched on to the Keystone XL pipeline as the current eco-monster out there, and President Obama has been afraid to cross them. He is running out of excuses for blocking this economic boon to the middle of the country,though, and the time has come.

Just build the darn thing.

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