President Barack Obama's rationale for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline was that the administration didn't have enough time to review it.
Let me get this straight. The administration has taken three years to review the Keystone application and still didn't have enough information. But it can take the first three months of Barack Obama's presidency and decide to lend Solyndra half a billion dollars?
The administration says the Republican governor of Nebraska was opposed to the pipeline running near the largest aquifer in the Midwest, and it is right. But the administration fails to mention that the governor already agreed to a new route that doesn't endanger the water supply. Why not approve the rest of the project and withhold approval of the Nebraska portion until a rapid review can be done?
There are 95,000 miles of crude oil pipelines and another 95,000 miles of refined petroleum pipelines in the U.S. Certainly, there are occasionally small leaks, but that risk is minor next to the risk of transport by truck or rail.
What is funny is that this administration counts Canadian oil with oil coming from Venezuela and the Middle East as "imported oil." Technically that's true, but the last time we had hostilities with Canada was the War of 1812. I think we can safely count Canada as one of our allies.
Next time Iran threatens to shut the Strait of Hormuz, think how idle a threat it would be if we had the Keystone pipeline open and flowing.
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