House Democrats: We can't build Keystone XL 'cause we need to keep 80 percent of our resources below ground

I can at least appreciate the semi-honesty about their real goals here. Via The Hill:

A letter sent to Kerry on Friday, signed by 27 House Democrats, details what they said would be the climate impacts of approving the $5.4 billion project, which would run from oil sands in Alberta to Gulf refineries.

“The math doesn’t add up. In order to meet our commitment to fight climate change, we need to keep at least 80 percent of carbon reserves below ground,” the letter, spearheaded by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Mike Quigley (Ill.), Rush Holt (N.J.) and Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), states.

“If the United States is truly committed to avoiding a 2 degree temperature increase, we have to start by resisting this pipeline. We urge you to reject the pipeline and keep tar sands oil in the ground where it belongs.”

The representatives were joined by the National Wildlife Federation and activist group on Friday.


As ever, the eco-radicals’ real goal here is to use big government to try and force the world to quickly and quixotically abandon fossil fuels en masse and instead only use the impractical, unsustainably expensive, and so-called renewable energies (read: wind and solar) that they have deemed appropriate for fighting climate change (as well a few select, ahem, alternate methods). As has already been established a million times over, however, their rationale that “we have to start by resisting this pipeline” is a total farce:

The number of carloads of crude oil U.S. railroads delivered last year surged 83 percent over 2012 as concerns about the shipments grow.

The Association of American Railroads said Thursday the major U.S. railroads delivered 434,042 carloads of crude oil in 2013.

That’s well above the 236,556 carloads of crude oil railroads delivered in 2012. Crude oil shipments remain a relatively small part of rail traffic, but they have grown significantly since 2008 when 9,344 carloads were delivered.

Dear self-proclaimed environmentalists: Your preposterous, absolutist, and anti-growth schemes to try to coerce the world’s population into self-impoverishment are not helping your cause. The Hill piece above calls the lately especially vocal anti-Keystone crusading a “growing campaign” to pressure the Obama administration, which of course is total baloney, since the overwhelming majority of Americans approve of the pipeline. The only thing that’s “growing” about the stubbornly obtuse campaign is the decibel level of the involved parties’ irrational screeching.


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Beege Welborn 4:41 PM on September 28, 2023