Obama Strikes Down Keystone XL Pipeline

Map locating the proposed path of the Keystone pipeline.

Map locating the proposed path of the Keystone pipeline.

By Zak Gregg ’16

President Barack Obama, with support from the State Department, has decided to prohibit the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Obama said, “This morning, Secretary Kerry informed me that after extensive public outreach and consultation with other cabinet agencies, the State Department has decided that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not serve the national interests of the United States. I agree with that decision.”

This statement comes seven years after the State Department began its research into Keystone.

Obama said the, “State Department has decided,” because it was the State Department’s decision, not his. But, considering Obama appointed these cabinet members, chances are he had a sway.

President Obama continues, “Let me briefly comment on some of the reasons why the State Department rejected this pipeline. First, the pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy. Second, the pipeline would not lower gas prices for American consumers. In fact gas prices have already been falling steadily.”

He is 100% right.

Emily Atkin wrote, in an article for ThinkProgress, “This project would support 42 thousand direct, indirect and induced jobs. 99% of which would be temporary, not lasting more than the two years it would take to construct. Once the project is completed the State Department estimates that the Pipeline would create 35 full time jobs and 15 temporary contractor jobs.”

That paragraph should be enough to raise a red flag. Only 35 jobs? Small businesses employ more workers long term than Keystone does.

As a final nail in the coffin, the type of oil that would have been transported is Canadian tar sands.

Atkins said, “Canadian tar sands oil is more carbon intensive than other types of oil and harder than conventional oil to clean up when it spills.”

Considering that 99% of all climate scientists and 99.8% of all double blind peer-reviewed climate change articles say that climate change is real and caused by humans, the decision is easy.

As Obama said, “If Congress was serious about creating jobs, this was not the way to do it. If they want to do it what we should be doing is passing a bi-partisan infrastructure plan that, in the short term, could create 30 times as many jobs per year as the pipeline would and in the long run would benefit our economy and our workers for decades to come.”

This pipeline does nothing but feed the donors and special interests in Washington.

Obama could not have made an easier decision.