Skip to comments.‘Leading by Example’ and the Keystone Pipeline : If we don’t use Canadian oil, someone else will
Posted on 03/15/2013 7:55:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
While many have long seen America as the global bad boy, everybody likes Canada. If Uncle Sam tucks his pack of Marlboros under his T-shirt sleeve and plays by his own rules, the Canadian moose or whatever their Uncle Sam equivalent is always wears his blue blazer and school tie and does his chores without being asked. Canada is a global citizen, a good neighbor, a northern Puerto Rico with an EU sensibility that earns its gold stars from the United Nations every day.
This fact should have relevance below the 49th parallel. Right now, were all waiting for President Obama to decide on whether the Keystone pipeline can go forward. The pipeline would take oil from the tar sands of northern Alberta and deliver it to refineries in the U.S. It would extend all the way down to ports in Texas.
The prospect that Obama might approve the pipeline has environmentalists ready to handcuff themselves in a drum circle around anything that moves. For a while, they insisted that their core objections had to do with fears of spills in environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska and elsewhere. As many suspected, this was always political cover. When the proposed route was changed to accommodate these concerns, opponents werent mollified. They were only further enraged.
Opponents of the pipeline want America to lead by example, and the pipeline is a step in the wrong direction. Who wants the U.S. to facilitate the dirtiest extraction of the dirtiest crude from tar sands in Canadas far north? asks New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.
Well, first of all, the Canadians do! Second, if we wont, the Chinese would be happy to facilitate (a point Friedman ignores). Canada and China have made it clear that if the U.S. doesnt allow the pipeline to go south, theyll make one that goes west to the Canadian coast. In other words, the oil is going to be pumped out no matter what. Moreover, the risks of a bad spill increase if we dont build the pipeline. Oil tankers heading to China are a bigger threat to the environment than a pipe over or through dry land to American refineries.
But my aim isnt to defend the pipeline, which strikes me as a no-brainer in every way. Its to make a larger point. If the idea is that America is somehow leading by example when it kills projects like Keystone, or cracks down on oil drilling on federal lands, as Obama has done, then were not fooling anyone not even the Canadians!
All around the world, governments are expanding their oil and gas operations. In Russia, oil output keeps going up. Brazil is racing to expand offshore drilling. Mexico recently announced another huge oil field it wont hesitate to develop. Experts are predicting a South Atlantic oil boom to rival the North Sea craze of the 1980s.
Meanwhile, thanks to technological advances, the International Energy Agency predicts the U.S. will be the worlds largest oil producer by 2017 and a net exporter by 2030. And again, Greens, whove insisted for years that we need to wean ourselves off foreign oil, arent cheered by the news. Theyre ticked off that they lost another convenient talking point.
While its true that President Obama brags about how oil and gas production are up, his policies have nothing to do with it. A new report from the Congressional Research Service confirms: All of the increased [oil] production from 2007 to 2012 took place on non-federal lands. Since 2010, federal oil production is down 23 percent.
To what end? As global-warming activists will be the first to admit, global warming is global. Whatever CO2 weve declined to pump into the atmosphere has been more than replaced by emissions from growing economies in Asia. We could cut our emissions to nothing, and in a few years the increase in Chinas emissions alone would replace them.
You know what else are global? Oil and gas markets. Whatever oil weve denied ourselves has been made up for by development in other countries. All that weve done is make oil prices higher than they needed to be and denied ourselves billions of dollars that would have stayed here rather than go to the Middle East. No country, save the U.S., seems at all interested in denying itself or the world much-needed economic growth by letting oil and gas sit in the ground.
In other words, when youve lost Canada, youve lost the argument.
Jonah Goldberg is the author of the new book The Tyranny of Clichés.
This exposes the enviros for what they are, if anyone would actually take up the banner and wave it...
they don’t care that the oil/energy gets used,
as long as it’s not used by US.
If we dont use Canadian oil, someone else will
Isn’t that their goal?
Canada is a socialist country able to afford socialism because of the USA military umbrella.. that tips its hat to Karl Marx as a hero of social conscience.. that has disarmed the decent people.. and sold democracy not as a scam but as a legitimate givernment.. The people of Canada have zero Rights.. merely privileges granted by their givernment.. on a whim.. Canada is populated by mostly morons.. that have to repeat everything twice.. Canada has the intellectual equivalence of Hollywood..
However; the people of Canada are much smarter than Mexicans.. both slightly smarter than an American democrat.. all three have more courage than an American Republican..
None of the “benign socialist” countries of the last 60 years or so has had to support its own defense.
None of the benign socialist countries of the last 60 years or so has had to support its own defense.
Thats because what they had to defend against “was socialism”..
They had nothing to fear, they thought..
The purge of the useful idiots they chose to be ignorant of..
Unless they were the ones using the idiots.. same result..
Was pretty smart of the progressives to STOP teaching history in American schools..
Students these days are totally ignorant of “reality”..
SOooo they are DOOOMED to repeat it..
Most people these days have no idea what Socialism really “IS”.. or that communism “IS” socialism..
OR Capitalism for that matter..
OR that SSI(social security) is absolutely PURE SOCIALISM..