Obama’s fossil fools 136
By Lorrie Goldstein ,Toronto Sun
First posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 07:00 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014 09:18 PM EDT
Canada, were being played for a patsy on the oil sands.
It’s being orchestrated by an unholy alliance headed by U.S. President Barack Obama, aided and abetted by American Democratic billionaires, hypocritical Canadian and U.S. environmentalists and Canada’s opposition parties.
While Obama acts like Hamlet on approving the Keystone XL pipeline, and while the rest of the usual suspects rail against the Northern Gateway pipeline, or Keystone, or both — proxy fights for the real issue, which is the development of Canada’s oil sands — Obama is upping U.S. fossil fuel production like stink.
And no one among the usual suspects is calling him on it.
It’s not like Obama hasn’t given them ammunition.
Here’s Obama speaking in March, 2012 at the Cushing Pipe Yard in Cushing, Oklahoma:
“Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years ... Over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states. We’re opening up more than 75% of our potential oil resources offshore. We’ve quadrupled the number of operating rigs to a record high. We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some.
“So we are drilling all over the place ... In fact, the problem ... is that we’re actually producing so much oil and gas ... that we don’t have enough pipeline capacity to transport all of it to where it needs to go — both to refineries, and then, eventually, all across the country and around the world. There’s a bottleneck ... because we can’t get enough of the oil to our refineries fast enough. And if we could, then we would be able to increase our oil supplies at a time when they’re needed as much as possible.
“Right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from Cushing to state-of-the-art refineries down on the Gulf Coast. And today, I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done ...
“So, yes, we’re going to keep on drilling. Yes, we’re going to keep on emphasizing production. Yes, we’re going to make sure that we can get oil to where it’s needed.”
The pipeline Obama’s referring to is the southern half of the Keystone XL.
That’s right. While Obama won’t approve the northern half, even though his own state department has twice told him after exhaustive reviews it will not significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions, which he claims is his major concern — and in fact will reduce them compared to the alternatives — he pushed to get the southern half completed.
Bill McKibben is a U.S. environmentalist fiercely opposed to developing Canada’s oil sands. But unlike the usual suspects, he also attacks Obama, as he did in his recent article in Rolling Stone, Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story:
“By the time Obama leaves office, the U.S. will pass Saudi Arabia as the planet’s biggest oil producer and Russia as the world’s biggest producer of oil and gas combined. In the same years, even as we’ve begun to burn less coal at home, our coal exports have climbed to record highs.”
Obama’s green apologists point to his disastrous public investments in now-bankrupt solar companies like Solyndra and the fact U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are slowly decreasing as evidence of his environmental commitment.
Ditto his so-called plan to lower emissions from U.S. coal plants — which he announced as he’s entering the lame-duck period of his presidency and thus dumping the issue into the laps of future presidents.
The only reason U.S. emissions are down is that the U.S. has been fracking like crazy for natural gas, which the usual suspects in Canada also oppose, and using it to replace some U.S. coal-fired electricity. (Natural gas emits carbon dioxide at about half the rate of coal.)
But instead of keeping more coal in the ground, the U.S. has upped its coal exports to record levels. Obama isn’t reducing U.S. emissions. He’s exporting them.
Obama turning the U.S. into a fossil fuel superpower — while the Stephen Harper government struggles to get a pipeline or two approved — isn’t surprising. That’s his job.
What’s surprising is how many hypocritical Canadians are helping him do it, at the expense of our economy.http://www.torontosun.com/2014/06/21/obamas-fossil-fools