Congrats to our president for his veto of the XL Pipeline until our agencies can be fully convinced it’s safe and in our best interest. He also correctly countered the GOP’s attempt to usurp executive authority that plainly gives the executive branch power to judge in this case since it’s international in nature. Those same GOP leaders bellowed when they alleged President Obama stepped on their turf in the immigration debate.
I have two questions about missing parts of the proponents’ rhetoric. Boehner says XL creates jobs. Logic says these would be short lived, but is there any guarantee that U.S. citizens will be hired? Past and present we have seen companies bring in offshore and over-the-border workers to fill slots through cheap, even illegal, labor. Keystone and Boehner never promise these jobs to U.S. workers nor that domestic materials will be used. Jobs, yes, but for whom? Perhaps most jobs will be cleaning up spills (BP, Exxon, West Virginia! Keystone?)
Next: McConnell has never voiced any promise that oil going to Texas will be kept for domestic use. You know it will go out to the highest nation bidder. Add this to recent U.S. oil spills plus the EPA report that the pipeline would add as much carbon dioxide to the air annually as 6 million passenger vehicles. Thus, our nation’s citizens, air and aquifers take all the risk with no guarantee for workers or increased fuel at home.
Demand answers. Until then, veto it.