The Keystone XL Pipeline—A Line In The Sand For America’s Future

 

Pipelines like this bring oil to America to fuel our economy.

Ask people about the future of energy, and you’ll probably hear mention of “solar,” “wind,” and “ethanol.”  These developing energy technologies have been invested in, loaned to, subsidized, and mandated—yet they’ve repeatedly fallen short.

If the vaunted renewables aren’t yet ready for prime time, what will we do if, for example, Iran makes good on its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz and blocks a significant supply of the world’s energy? Just the fear of a supply disruption bumped up the price of oil.

The geopolitics provide a perfect backdrop for pushing the pipeline that will boost the economy through more jobs and price stability, provide energy security, and help balance the trade deficit. Opponents see building the Keystone XL pipeline as a flashpoint for the struggle between old and new energy paradigms—yet with the failure of so-called future energy, the pipeline is representative of our energy future.

Untold billions of taxpayers’ dollars have been spent trying to force renewables into an unnatural economic timeline with the expectation that the laws of nature will bow to the laws of politicians. Yet, not one of them produces a significant percentage of our energy needs. If we lost 20% of our renewable energy, we’d never feel it. If we lost 20% of our oil supply—the amount that goes through the Strait of Hormuz, we could be back to the rationing and gas lines that are reminiscent of the Carter administration.

 “President Obama repeatedly assured the American public that a slew of taxpayer-funded projects in his 2009 stimulus package were ‘shovel-ready.’  Yet few of these projects ever got off the ground, and the jobs they produced were negligible,” says National Center for Public Policy Research Senior Fellow, Bonner Cohen.  “By contrast, the Keystone XL project really is shovel-ready. And even though it would produce jobs and energy quickly, he refuses to give it the green light.”

In a time of economic war, the Keystone XL pipeline is a job creator that requires no new technology or research, no taxpayer funding while generating new tax revenues, and no new infrastructure—all with virtually no risk (financial or environmental).

Harold McGowen, President and CEO of Navidad Resources in Tyler, TX, explains it this way: “There is nothing new about pipelines. We already have over 2.3 million miles of pipelines in the United States, including about 55,000 miles of crude oil trunk lines. These crude oil pipelines have safely and efficiently transported the crude oil that is required to sustain the food supply, transportation, and quality of life of every American for decades. Pipelines continue to be the safest mode of transporting the lifeblood of the nation. They are safer than trains—which can derail; sea-going tankers—which can rupture, sink and run aground; and trucks—that can crash.” 

The Keystone XL pipeline, and the tens of thousands of true shovel-ready jobs it can provide, isn’t just about moving oil from Canada to the US, it will allow for safer transport of new oil discoveries like North Dakota’s Bakken Field that produces more than 400,000 barrels per day. Because there is not enough pipeline capacity, Bakken oil is currently being taken to refiners in Louisiana via rail with the Bakken Oil Express’ capacity at only 100,000 barrels per day. Increased capacity, provided by the pipeline, would encourage additional oil development in the West, benefitting production in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

With the Keystone XL pipeline able to safely transport approximately 500,000 barrels of oil per day, the US could reduce oil imports from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait by 25% (or more)—making us less vulnerable to inevitable Middle Eastern unrest.

For the past sixty years, the US has been a net importer of petroleum products—meaning we’ve been sending our dollars to foreign countries and adding to our trade deficit (more money goes out than comes in). New discoveries, like the Bakken Field, have reduced the amount of crude oil we import, but, as previously illustrated, we still use more than we produce domestically. However, the US is now a net exporter of refined petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel—making fuel the top single export in 2011.

The Keystone XL pipeline will play an important role in America’s position as an ongoing fuel producer and exporter. Rather than counting on tankers crossing the ocean with crude, it will bring domestic and friendly foreign oil to refiners along the Gulf Coast. Many refiners are located on the coast because the tankers coming from the Middle East dock there. The crude oil is then unloaded and refined. Once refined, the fuel, as always, gets distributed throughout the US, but is now also sold and shipped to countries worldwide. An available and abundant fuel supply drops the price, and all sectors of the US economy benefit.

Economist Ben Stein says, “This country runs on energy, it doesn’t run on the hot air spewed out by environmentalists.”

The debate is not about a simple pipeline; it is really about development in America. It is a literal line in the sand. Polls show that the majority of Americans support the Keystone XL pipeline, yet a visible minority standing in front of the White House (and the White House standing with them) is able to stall or stop it. Similar efforts put forth by professional environmentalists and their “could,” “maybe,” and “might,” tactics, have been able to block or delay long-overdue road projects (that would create jobs), mineral extraction (that would create jobs), and new or expanded shipping ports (that would create jobs).

The Keystone XL pipeline is symbolic of the importance of the 2012 election. If the Keystone XL pipeline goes through—as every other previous trans-border pipeline has—America’s energy future will be taken from the hands of the protester and placed back into the hands of “we the people.” American ingenuity, industry, and exceptionalism will win. 

Will the majority wake up, show up, stand up and speak up? We should, we can, and we will!

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

 

 

Comments

  1. Elsie E Connelly says:

    I live in Nebraska. The Tar Oil Sands that are supposed to be pumped through the Keystone Pipeline ARE NOT DESTINED TO BE USED IN THIS COUNTRY. THE OIL THAT IS REFINED FROM THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE (SHOULD IT EVER BE BUILT); IS NOT TO BE SOLD IN THIS COUNTRY. THE CANADIAN COMPANY IS SELLING THE REFINED PRODUCT TO CHINA, RUSSIA, ALL OF OUR ENEMIES. SHUT THE PIPELINE DOWN, DECOMMISSION ALL KEYSTONE COMPANIES AND START TAKING CARE OF OUR COUNTRY. TO HE** WITH CANADA.

    • In the bill the wording states the oil coming in the keystone pipeline is for U.S. domestic use and consumption. Canada stated if the U.S. did not take the oil then they would build a pipeline to their west coast and sell it to China. Have a nice day.

  2. I believe Canada said if we didn't take it, they would pipeline it to their west coast and sell it to China. Check your facts.

    • Canada has a right to sell the products. The USA needs the oil. And if our government is stupid enough to turn it down then what else is there to do? Does it matter to whom they sell it? They need a market and other countries need the fuel. American people are not stupid. Our government is stupid… I have never seen more brain dead people than our government. If they benefit personally then they are interested, but if the country benefits they could care less.

      • Has it occurred to anyone here that what this administration is doing is killing all our energy initiatives that are practical for the immediate future unlike all the new energy which either doesn't work or more expensive to put into place.

        This is more about crippling the economy than anything else making us more dependent on the government and eventual introduction into the New World Order. Fact, not fiction.

  3. Don Rushing says:

    We do not need to replace oil with the green energy that Obama and company want. Green jobs is for the extreme envirmentalists that want their cake and eat it too. We have enough gas, oil and other resources to last us for hundreds of years. If we don't use it, then it will be taken from us by force through lies and subterfuge by the socialists/marxists that are
    presently in the white house.

  4. Alice Fournier says:

    I think that the pipeline called the Keystone XL Pipeline would be wonderful for the country. No, Canada wants to sell the oil to the US. It is the fascist man in the Oval Office who needs to be removed and sent to Russia, China or who ever would have him along with the horrible czars who are nothing but communists anyway. It is so sad that there are misinformed people in this country who are useful idiots for the evil George Soros, and the Chicago Thugs who run the man in the Oval Offices campaign. These people want to destroy our republic and control the people into slavery. Don't you understand that. Democratics used to be patriotic people who believed in God, Country, Honor, family, and love of individualism to make our own living. They no longer do believe because of evil progressives. What a shame and I am for the first time in my life ashamed of the wanna be dictactor and regime around him. LOOK HARD AT IRAQ THAT IS YOUR FUTURE IF WE DON'T STAND UP AND BE COUNTED AND KICK THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE.

    • Right on, Alice. I agree.

    • jetstream says:

      IMHO the pipeline outcome will be decided shortly before the election, with the Oval Office's decision based on the strength of the pros or cons. Whichever side he thinks will garner the most votes in the election will win the day. In essence, the loser-in-chief will be buying the votes, regardless of the boon or damage to the country. ABO.

    • I agree Alice. The most Un A m e r i c a n aspect in this country since 2008 has been the American demeanor. Our forefathers must be rolling in their graves. Did you read about the 35 Muslim Jihad training camps in the USA? They came all the way from the middle East to fight us on our own soil while we send American soldier to fight on their soil. We may lose in those countries thanks to you know who, but they just may win on our soil. Where are the US Senators and Representatives protesting, investigating and putting an end to this. Where is the FBI, CIA and military to stop this on our soil. Where is our protection in our own country?

      While Americans are watching their sitcoms and soaps on TV the Muslims here are changing the history of this country and the safety of our children and our own lives soon may be at stake.

      Yes, what is happening now is Un-American.

      • People think that the "All American Muslims" are "different" than the ones overseas and won't hurt us. Stupid gullible Americans with their faces stuck in their iphones.

  5. Fossel fuel has been proven to be more ecology friendly than our alternatives so we should drill and pipe it in if nessasary to keep the country moving . Green energy is a wet dream of a liberal that has no data to back it .Burn ethanol in LA a week and the smog would be historicaly thick , wind power kills thousands of birds and solar power requires cropland for a farm of solar panels or you place them in the desert and kill the few plants that hold the soil to keep it from eroding . On paper oil is the best bet and in reality what the government don't tell you is the cycles the weather go through are more damaging than a major oil spill . Hurricans , tornados, wind sheers, rain, ice and snow.

  6. The recent Houston Chronicle's front page articles discusses two other MLPs that will make oil piplines from Houston to Canada

  7. That pipeline should be a NO BRAINER..But becuase of our GLORIOUS LEADER..Thanks alot you dirty rotten..It should already being started construction and get some people working with good paying jobs and a Good Oil sorce for us all..At least it would be a really good start..But Noooooo..

  8. If the pipeline is built, all of the oil should be mandated to stay in the U.S. No other trades or deals for this oil. It stays here in the U.S. or don't build it!!!

  9. If the oil doesn't stay in theU.S. to hell with it.

  10. Edward Shick says:

    I believe Canada wants us to have the oil from the oil Sands , We have several Refinerys in norther US , Why not pipe it there and up there production or build a Refinery closer to the border, We must get independant on north american resourses get out of the Middle East, Our president is trying to destroy America with his Commie Clan oczars

    • Well, Canada selling to the next door neighbor USA makes lots of sense.. Not likely going to build a pipeline to China.

  11. Ridge runner says:

    thank you

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  13. Wind, solar and ethanol will never be "prime time" for a number of reasons. The nergy tchnology that replaces fossil is still between th ears of some scientific type. In the mean time we have enough fossil energy sources to last several lifetimes. Meanwhile, Obama, Chu and his minions are wasting trillions of our money on dubious technologis bing promotd by their frinds and contributors.

  14. Jack K is RIGHT. Elsie IS WRONG !!!

  15. I am with the folks i know we need the work why would we want to build some thing to ship to another country we need it here I would like to see a water pipe line put in to the states that flood every year other states could use the water this would put people to work in each states it crosses. it was so sad that the animals did not have water to make through the summer & it may be another hot summer with out rain

  16. LukeAppling says:

    America has more natural energy than any country on earth yet we allow the misguide environmentalists to dictate how and what energy we can use…how dumb is that??? Every country on earth with oil and gas uses it and asks our help in getting and drilling, obviously we are the expertys. Obama is obetance to these environmental thugs promised Brazil$2,000,000,000 of our tax dollatrs to "help" Brazil drill in the same Atlantic ocean where he stopsd america from drilling saying to brazil"we want to be your best customer". I say to Obama and the whacko environmentalists America needs the energy, america needs the jobs, america doesn't need either of you!

  17. Sick & Tired - - - says:

    UNTIL ALL OF YOU WAKE UP AND TAKE ACTION, THE “MAN” WILL HAVE HIS WAY. EVERYONE NEEDS TO
    PESTER THE HELL OUT OF OUR BASTARD CONGRESS AND MAKE REAL WAVES. WE NEED A MAJOR
    TEA PARTY ACTION ON DC AND DEMAND APPROVAL OF THE PIPELINE WHICH WILL PROVIDE SOME
    “JOBS, JOBS, JOBS” AND MAKE US MORE SELF SUFFICIENT. WE HAVE A “DO NOTHING” IDIOT IN THE
    WHITEHOUSE WHO IS VIRTUALLY RUINING THIS COUNTRY – - HE HAS NO GUTS TO FACE IRAN. WE ARE
    BEING WALKED UPON, SPIT UPON, AND OUR FLAG TRAMPLED ON, WHILE WE SIT AND DO NOTHING. WE
    ARE ALL BECOMING TOO COMPLACENT! ! ! WE NEED TO GET IN AND FIGHT! ! ! !

  18. I've repeated it hundreds of time, the only thing green about green energy is the color of the money. There is only negative environmental benefits for wind, solar, and ethanol. Stomp out Obama and his anti-American policies. Deport Obama to Kenya where he can feel at home among his Marxist friends.

  19. Sam Darby says:

    It's a question of need, and we all, with the exception of Pres. Obama and the stooges he controls, realize that without this supply coming from our friendly neighbor, we'll be forced to continue purchasing from our enemies and other suppliers at whatever THEY consider a profitable sales price! To me, the problem isn't as serious as is the need of REPLACING our foreign President, as we are capable of supplying our needs from the American soil, IF WE WERE PERMITTED, by our President!
    We can CHANGE our Nation back to the America we love and respect by casting our VOTE, if it's not too late…

  20. Gerald Leddin says:

    Just take a look at why this is a bad one to go with! The thing here is, do you give a damn for this planet or do you want to just kill it off, because killing it is killing ourselves. Those who support this don't have anyone to carry on their name obviously. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8anwyzbdoo&fehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDebpHjmcUc&fe

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