April 1, 2013

“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.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:15am
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Comments (24)

  1. there are legitimate reasons to block the pipeline

    WRONG!! The pipeline is being built as we speak.

    All that the President is “approving” (actually it’s the Sec of State) is the 100 meters of pipe that crosses the border into Canada.
    All the remainder is going to be built no matter what the President does. It will transport oil from Montana. All that is in question is whether it will transport oil from Canada.

  2. I wish someone would pay me to lay pipe.

  3. Better clear that with the missus, McGehee.

  4. your skirt is showing Jeff … “Big Oil” ??? really, what other green talking points are you going to spout …

  5. how about a post on the 100 mpg carb that “Big Oil” bought … or a couple of posts on price gouging the next time gas prices jump up …

    ignorrance is no excuse … but most likely the cause …

  6. “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.”

    It simplistic ignorrance like the above that makes it difficult to take this site seriously …

  7. There is an overriding theme today. If you squint, you can see it.

  8. All that the President is “approving” (actually it’s the Sec of State) is the 100 meters of pipe that crosses the border into Canada.

    It is really pretty simple then, we take a 100 meters at the Montana/Canada border and Canada can have 100 meters of Alaska on the other end. Swap baby, Swap! Palin approved.

  9. “It is the flip-side of Solyndra — with the obvious difference that at least Keystone would help produce abundant usable fuel.”

    last time a checked the taxpayer wasn’t going to pay a dime for the pipelines … so its not “the flip side of Solyndra” …

  10. You don’t come around here much, do you, thedorsai?

  11. thedorsai puts the fool into April fools day.

    Also, talk about “showing skirts” and “simplistic ignorrance”…

    I suspect the dorsai won’t be showing his face around here for awhile once he figures out it should be red.

  12. Looks like I hooked one. So I can stop. April Fool’s Day successful!

  13. Happy April 1st, all!

  14. Tar Sands oil is dirty, not light and sweet. Because it’s full of tar. Like cigarettes.

    We’re better off without, wouldn’t you say?

  15. Wait. We have to rebuild all the roads, as well as the bridges. How are we going to build all new roads without tar?

  16. Marshmallows finally have a use.

  17. Synthetic tar! Like they put in those newfangled electronic cigarettes!

  18. We’re better off without, wouldn’t you say?

    ¡O no, imposible!: El Presidente

  19. First impression: Is there something about this pipeline thing that I need to look into.

    Second impression: Damned calendar.

    Bit, but I wiggled off.

  20. Somebody got A. J. Burnett in the top of the 5th, I think. He strolled to the back of the mound to begin the inning, picked up the resin bag, banged it against his hip a couple of times and the thing exploded in a 5′ dia. cloud of resin dust, caking his arms, his uniform, his glove — stuff was everywhere. Very funny . . . plus a couple of wry smiles on his teammates’ faces put a stamp of suspicion on the thing.

  21. That’s awesome, sdferr.

  22. Jeff G. says April 1, 2013 at 11:44 am
    Looks like I hooked one. So I can stop. April Fool’s Day successful!

    For a minute there I thought you’d gotten into the medicinal….

  23. Swen, by the time the dillo gets done, there’s no medicinal left…

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