We learned Feb. 8 that Canada has cut a deal to send oil to China, oil that we could also be receiving were it not for President Barack Obama's recent vetoing of the Keystone Pipeline project.
Not only do we not have a strategic national energy development plan, but our president aslo turns down a gift horse. All of this adds up to a slap in the face of ordinary Americans, who pay for the increased energy prices in every product they purchase.
Obama's obstinacy in the development of North American petroleum, coal, gas and nuclear energy is costing us plenty, and the abrupt rise in gasoline prices at the pump during his administration reflects his philosophy. The average prices per gallon of regular gasoline in December of the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 have been $1.61, $2.61, $2.86 and $3.15 -- not a favorable trend.
His lack of advocacy in the development of "practical" domestic energy supplies (coal, gas, petroleum and nuclear), presumably because of ill-founded environmental concerns, is costing ordinary Americans plenty. Someone is going to use that Canadian oil, and I think we're more likely to burn it cleanly than the Chinese.
Mr. President, please act in the interest of everyday Americans and rescind your ill-advised veto of the Keystone Pipeline.
Hilton Head Island