Friday, May 27, 2011

With Gas Prices Burning Our Wallets, Enviro-Statists Push To Stifle Crude Supply

Many families, including mine, are parking their cars in the driveway this weekend because the gas prices are TOO DAMN HIGH.  Middle income families are spending a record level of their income filling up their tanks, burning up disposable income.  In other words, we can't have as much fun as we used to because we spend all of our cash driving to work, choir recitals, baseball practice, and the grocery store.  There is really little that we can do to alter our driving habits (I can't really afford not to drive to my job), aside from not doing any extra driving.

Our country's lack of a long-term energy policy has left us with dwindling supplies and a heavy reliance on foreign sources of crude.  One would think that we would seek to find any additional supply possible in an effort to lower the price at the pump.

Most people don't realize where we get most of our foreign oil.  Is it Iraq?  Nope.  Saudi Arabia?  Nope.  Venezuela?  No way.

Canadian Tar Sands

BLAME CANADA!  That's right, most of our oil is imported from our friendly neighbor to the North.  There are plans in the works to build a pipeline from Alberta, Canada to our refineries in Texas.  Not only would this DOUBLE our supply coming from our biggest importer, it will create thousands of jobs in the process.  This Conservative Trucker likes the fact that thousands of Americans will have well paying jobs and that we will have a far lower dependency on oil from the Middle East.

However, the enviro-statists in Congress are looking to stifle this important project.  Matthew Daly of the Associated Press actually wrote a pretty good article on the subject: Fight over Canadian oil goes to Congress.

Democrats questioned whether the Koch Brothers are standing to profit from the pipeline.  They won't, but what does it matter if they do?  It's not surprising that those scary conservative Koch Brothers would be investigated by political opponents about making evil profits from a pipeline.

There is another insidious group looking to stop the pipeline called Friends of the Earth, whose sole purpose is to take us back to the day of the horse and buggy.  This merry band of global warming alarmists have filed suit against the State Department to halt the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:

Friends of the Earth is fighting to secure the Obama administration's veto on a massive proposed pipeline called the Keystone XL, which would carry extremely polluting tar sands oil from Canada through six U.S. states to refineries in Texas. The State Department is in charge of reviewing the project, and we are working to hold the agency accountable to its responsibility to conduct a thorough and rigorous environmental review of the project -- to pay attention to the concerns of people, not just Big Oil and its lobbyists.
The fact of the matter is that the technology used to construct a modern pipeline makes the likelihood of an environmental disaster of any significant magnitude slim to none.  It is obvious that the only thing these kooks want is for everyone to drive a tin can that you can plug into a wall.

In my humble opinion, it would be prudent for all of us to contact our representatives and tell them to support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in order to increase our supply of oil and create American jobs.

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