Skip to comments.George W. Bush on Keystone XL: Just “build the damn thing” already
Posted on 11/19/2013 6:45:59 PM PST by SeekAndFind
At the last update, I think we were somewhere in “earlyish 2014″ territory (who can even keep up?) for the time frame in which the northern extension of the Keystone pipeline will be either approved or denied by President Obama, but by determinedly delaying on what should have/could have been a simple and bygone decision of his first term, the issue is now a ticking time bomb of highly publicized, faux-environmentalist outrageous outrage. I suppose that the dollars the president has been fundraising from well-monied, self-fancied “green” Democratic donors may have made the delay, delay, delay tactic worth it in the run-up to his reelection, but the inevitable blowup (no matter which way he chooses) is going to be all the huger because of it.
G.W. hasn’t weighed in on too many hot political topics post-presidency, but the right decision in regard to the pipeline proposal is almost too painfully obvious to even be able to avoid it:
Former President George W. Bush said the construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline should be a no-brainer given its boost to the American economy and job growth.
Speaking at the DUG East Conference with top executives from oil and gas companies, the 43rd president said that the pipelines construction from Canada to Texas would help put the focus back on the countrys private-sector of the economy, reports Desmogblog.com.
I do think were underperforming economically, and I think the reason why is theres not enough focus on private sector growth, said Bush. I think the goal of the country ought to be: How do we grow the private sector? That ought to be the laser-focus of any administration. And therefore, once thats the goal, an issue like Keystone pipeline becomes a no-brainer.
If private sector growth is the goal and Keystone pipeline creates 20,000 new private sector jobs, build the damn thing, he said to applause.
The eco-lobby will dispute that jobs number ’til the cows come home, but the bigger point here, as ever, is that the United States is going to need to start laying a lot more pipeline in the very near future in order to properly accommodate our burgeoning oil-and-gas boom — which absolutely does create jobs and economic growth. The Keystone pipeline’s proposed extension will transport Canadian products as well as those from North Dakota, and while the environmentalist crowd will also deride the pipeline as an enabler of those much-loathed Canadian oil sands in terms of their effect on climate change, they never seem to address the fact that those oil sands are coming out of the ground with or without the Keystone XL pipeline — but the pipeline is the most cost-effective, efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly method of transporting them. Counterproductive, anyone?
As it happens, TransCanada is working on another possible pipeline project at the moment, and the Alaskans are pretty darn pumped about it:
An Alaska official said Monday the state is looking at taking a multibillion-dollar equity stake in a major natural gas pipeline project as a way to protect its interests and help make the long-hoped-for project a reality. …
The North Slope’s three major players Exxon Mobil Corp., BP and ConocoPhillips are working with TransCanada Corp. to advance a liquefied natural gas project that would be capable of overseas exports.
The proposed line would run 800 miles from the slope to south-central Alaska and could cost from $45 billion to more than $65 billion, according to company estimates. The companies haven’t committed to building it and have repeatedly said they needed competitive, predictable and durable terms on oil and gas taxes and royalties.
Alaskans have long dreamed of a gas line as a way to create jobs, provide energy for residents and shore up revenues as oil production declines. While there have been fits and starts over the years, state officials believe the current project has momentum, and Balash said it’s reaching the point where the state needs to start making decisions about its terms.
“Keystone XL oil pipeline should be a no-brainer given its boost to the American economy and job growth.”
That’s why it’s NOT being built!!!
Bush needs to shut up and go away. He didn’t lift the executive order banning offshore drilling here until July of ‘08. And his wonderful 4 dollar gas in the spring of ‘08 helped start the ball rolling on the crash. He never called global warming for the scam it was either. He paid lip service to it.
Im out of the “Bush as conservative” meme game. And that’s any Bush, ever again,, forever. Until the end of time.
True on Pelosi taking charge. That was a disaster. But the GOP before her did have a lock on congress, the senate, and a working majority in the Supreme court on many issues. So what did he do with that opportunity? Why, we got prescription healthcare of course. And we got ethanol subsidies. And a budget explosion. And as he’s walking out the door he decides to lift the moratorium.
And Bush also listed the polar bear as threatened. This made it possible for the EPA to regulate so called greenhouse gasses in Arizona by casting them as a threat to polar bears. We gotta call a spade a spade.
Uh, oh! Comrade obama will never validate a GWB recommendation.
Yep. Just because he can get an easy one like Keystone right, that doesn't make up for the damage he did as president.
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