“GOP: Why is Obama stalling the Keystone Pipeline longer than World War II?”
So asks Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska, giving the Weekly Republican Party Remarks (text available at IBD, h/t Andrew Malcolm):
Well, painful as it is to say, there are legitimate reasons to block the pipeline, though the eco hysteria from the leftists is being used to deflect our attention and get us arguing along party lines.
The truth is, blockage of a pipeline for crude doesn’t in any way prevent us here in the states from ourselves enjoying the use of that cheap oil — rather, it merely stops Big Oil from access to cheap oil that they’ll then send overseas to increase their own profit margins.
The US already has pipelines running to refineries and from refineries back to the end user. Keystone is just a sop to oil companies, which is why even in Canada, protests over the plan have ramped up.
If indeed the project would lower prices in the US, both parties would support it. But as it is, this is a GOP-supported plan largely because it helps GOP cronies. It is the flip-side of Solyndra — with the obvious difference that at least Keystone would help produce abundant usable fuel.
Just not for us. And at a time when are military is undergoing a retraction, we shouldn’t be keen on keeping the Chinese flush with relatively cheap oil.
We should stick to fracturing. And fight our battles on that ground. Drill, baby, drill sounds good, but what it says — subtext being the lifeblood of a political system increasingly run on sustainable symbolism — is that we on the right have no new ideas, and are stuck on the same message we were trumpeting when John McCain mavericked his way to an embarrassing electoral defeat.
We need new ideas, frankly. And we shouldn’t act suprised: America has always been about keeping up with the Joneses. Meaning, it’s time we begin to look at the Democrats as the Joneses, and not only keep up, but work to surpass them with our forward thinkingnessity.