|The oil industry plans on jumping into the fray of the Presidential election by a slick propoganda campaign to pressure President Obama to allow them to do what they do best. Befoul our environment and risk lives for profit. This propoganda campaign is big on promises:
Jack Gerard - the president of the American Petroleum Institute - said the powerful oil industry trade group will be traveling around the country in the coming months as part of its "Vote 4 Energy" campaign, which includes radio, television and print advertising in swing states including Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Gerard is slated to speak in New York on Jan. 27.
"If we build the Keystone XL pipeline, if we utilize our domestic oil resources and if we keep advancing biofuel development, children born in South Carolina today could be driving cars fueled entirely by North American energy when they're old enough to get their driver's license," he said.
Gerard took aim at Obama's energy policies, criticizing the administration for not opening up new areas to drilling along the Atlantic coast.
"[U]nfortunately, it's the people of South Carolina who miss out on the jobs and economic growth that go with production," he said.
Yes, once again some of the biggest crooks in America are telling us to trust them. Although they have fleeced working America at the pump all while being subsidized by those Americans they want to cut corners once again for profit and risk befouling more of our country for their own gain.
And make no mistake. These folks are the only ones who stand to gain anything from this pipeline. What about all these jobs we keep hearing about from them and their kindred thieves in the Republican Party?:
Construction jobs are temporary and not all jobs created by the pipeline construction would be new jobs, with many going to existing Keystone employees and contractors. The U.S. State Department acknowledges this, saying "there would be temporary, positive socioeconomic impacts as a result of local employment, taxes on worker income, spending by construction workers and spending on construction goods and services," but their job estimates are much lower than TransCanada's estimate, with only about 5,000 to 6,000 construction workers, including existing Keystone staff and environmental inspection officials.
Doesn't sound like many jobs to me. In fact the only ones who really stand to benefit is the oil industry, who will get another giveaway after continually fleecing the American worker for years now. Unfortunately American jobs and workers are not the only sacrifices these folks will make to get their precious pipeline:
Oil spills along the pipeline's vast route are a very real threat. TransCanada's other Keystone pipeline, which delivers oil to the U.S. Midwest, has experienced 14 spills, including the latest event, a spill at a North Dakota pipeline pumping station in May 2011.
"The Keystone pipeline is an act of aggression to the plants, wildlife and people who live in its path," said Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada. Other critics argue that America's reliance on 'secure' non-renewable resources from Canada does little to break bad consumption habits in North America, including diminishing the motivation to choose fuel-efficient vehicles or commercializing renewable energy technologies.
Indeed, not only does this pipeline not create many jobs but it puts millions of acres of American and Canadian land at risk to an industry that has already shown it does not mind befouling any amount of our environment for their own profit.
Then there is the damage it will cause American innovation to finding real solutions for our energy needs. It could set back much needed research for a viable solution to replace oil for decades. Instead of investing in the fuels of the future that could bring costs at the pump down, put millions of Americans to work and offering real hope for energy independence it is just a giveway to those who have already shown they care nothing about their country or anyone within as long as the profits roll on undisturbed.
That is why the Keystone pipeline is simply a bad idea. For workers in America, Canada and for the land that will be befouled to allow these folks to continue robbing from us at the pump.
Instead of investing money in a relic of a bygone era and the robber-barons that run the oil industry we should be investing in the future. Research and development of clean fuels that will benefit all Americans and indeed the world instead of giving more to those who have already shown they do not deserve it.
That is a real solution not only to fighting the greed that destroyed our economy but in giving Americans hope that one day we will truly be shed of pandering to big oil and begging them in vain to pass the savings onto us.