The Keystone pipeline, put on hold until AFTER the 2012 elections, is being held up ostensibly for environmental reasons. It was to have entered into the US and crossed an area that had a sensitive aquifer. And of course there was the environmental issue of the consternation over whether there should even be developement of the oil resources and their impact on the environment.
Counterpoint_ the area that the pipeline crosses already has over 50 older pipelines functioning without problem And the technology for building pipelines has continued to improv, making this one very safe compared to what is already there. And the ones that are already there, the 50, have actually had no problems themselves.
This oil developement is going to happen anyway, except that if we have no pipeline of oil into the US, then Canada will build a pipeline to their own coast and the oil goes to China, a country known for its environmental conscientiousness, along with the 20,000 jobs that would have been in the US.
Why does Presbo not want 20,000 new jobs in the US before the election? He would look good and the enviro-weenies would be easily ignored.
Who profits from our country continuing to not have viable long term job production and access to energy that doesn’t come from the Middle East?