Friday, December 23, 2011

Your senators voted for Keystone XL pipeline

The much-talked-about US Senate version of the "Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011" includes the provision that the president must approve the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days or else determine that it is not in the national interest. Bill text

Both of our senators voted "yea" which requires making the decision within 60 days. That's a vote for the pipeline. An Obama move would delay the decision until after the next election, then after the next election, then... The vote

I am glad they supported the pipeline. They surely don't think it is not in the national interest. They both support getting the oil our economy needs from safe, friendly sources, like Canada. Not from Middle East dictators and/or through the Straits of Hormuz. Don't they?

Iran leaders say they will block Hormuz. Zawya Report. And Iran is practicing to block the Straits of Hormuz [Fox News] so this pipeline within Canada and the US is in our national interest.

Cantwell has a long record of efforts to make oil more expensive. Then holding the oil companies responsible when it happens. Her efforts: less foreign oil in 2006 - more regulation of oil markets in 2010 The Hill. And annual witch hunts to blame evil oil companies for manipulating the market for oil. In 2005 her hunt found... nothing:
"Absolutely. I just don't have the document to prove it," Cantwell said when asked if oil companies are price gouging. "It takes a lot to get the document to prove it and there's no way the (Federal Trade Commission) is going to produce that anytime soon." Seattle P-I
Some content via Amy Ridenour.

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