Do you ever find yourself wondering if President Obama is trying to punish America and Americans for some hidden grievance? What else could explain his foot dragging on the Keystone Pipeline project? Further, do you ever find yourself wondering if Republicans have a clue when it comes to using issues such as the pipeline to show Americans what a poor steward the president is? Let’s review some of the most pressing problems facing America during this election year:
- Energy dependence on Middle Eastern countries that despise America and use the money we pay them for oil to finance terrorist plots against us.
- On-going threats from Iran to disrupt oil supplies (while President Obama and liberals in Congress continue to scale back military funding).
- Stubbornly high unemployment and millions of Americans who desperately need jobs.
- A weak economy that is trying to dig its way out of a hole that is $15 trillion dollars deep and getting deeper.
- Increased competition from the Chinese for limited energy resources.
With these five problems looming over America like a dark cloud, President Obama and his fellow travelers in Congress continue to drag their feet over a pipeline project that has the potential to partially solve all of them. To make matters worse, opponents of Keystone have done nothing more than dust off the same tired old environmental doomsday drivel that has been their automatic fallback position since Obama was a child in Kenya.
Rather than list and refute the usual ill-informed views of environmentalists concerning the Keystone Pipeline project, I will simply list some common sense reasons why the project should be allowed to move ahead without delay.
- The project will create 20,000 jobs during the construction phase and 600,000 permanent jobs by 2035.
- The project will add approximately $770 billion to America’s GDP between now and 2035.
- The project will substantially reduce America’s dependence on oil from undependable nations while increasing commerce with an ally with whom we share more than just a common border.
- The project will keep the oil and jobs it provides out of the hands of the Chinese.
During the debates over the Declaration of Independence, one of the delegates commented that America was not yet “ripe” for independence. John Witherspoon, the minister and President of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), responded in his most authoritative pulpit voice: “…the country is not only ripe for the measure, but in danger of becoming rotten for the want of it.” One could say the same thing for the Keystone Pipeline project. What America needs is a conservative in the mold of Witherspoon who will stand up and take control of the debate.