The recent decision by the present occupant of the White House to further study the Keystone pipeline after it has been studied for more than two years is further proof that our beloved leader does not have the welfare of the country in mind. What would be the benefits of the pipeline if constructed? It would not cost our country a penny; Canadian companies are footing the bill. It would produce 20,000-30,000 well-paying construction jobs. Our country could reduce reliance on oil imports from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, which are not exactly our buddies.
What is the basis of any objections? The main one is the possibility of an oil spill polluting the Ogallala Aquifer. If this was the first oil or gas pipeline through the aquifer, I would agree that we should proceed with caution. However, there are thousands of miles of existing oil and gas pipelines traversing the aquifer in all directions. The aquifer runs from North Dakota to Texas and if oil and gas is to be shipped from the west to the east or north to south, for that matter the pipeline must proceed through the aquifer unless it is routed through outer space.
The only reason for further delay is there will be an election in November, and our leader doesnt want to anger the Sierra Club. The really bad part of this comedy is the way we are treating our best friend, Canada.
The White House has been jerking the Canadians around for more than two years, and they are weary of being maltreated. They will sell this oil to someone, and that will be China, and it will be paid for in dollars that we pay China as interest on our debt. The Canadians are already planning a pipeline to British Columbia from which they will ship the oil to Asia. I dont really know why any country would deal with our government as we do not keep our word ask Israel. I really think geography 101 should be taught in our schools.
William H. Taylor