THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE & THE REPUBLICANS.
Are they telling the truth?
The Republican Party is using the Keystone XL pipeline to lure votes in an election year, as it has now being made the focus of the 2012 campaign to point out that failure to build the project is President Barack Obama's fault.
It is a job creator, livelihood of thousands of Americans depends on it; and thus making some trade unions to agree with them on that basis; however, the truth is that the project is made to become the proverbial straw that the Republicans are clinging to, because in actuality they have nothing substantial to offer the country; not even a bona fide candidate, but a spurious one that will come out of the party's nomination race.
Whether it is going to be Romney or Santorum or Gingrich or Paul is still up for grabs, as there are no ups or downs for any of them, come to think of it. The party's political machine churns out a jelly-like stuff, when one mentions any of those names.
In other words, none of them, except perhaps Gingrich, is a match for Obama to fight for the party and win the 2012 presidential election.
There is nothing in favor of the Republican Party as matters stand right now for its hierarchy to infuse any type of confidence in die-hard supporters, that they have a real challenger for Obama. Honestly.
Just yesterday, the U.S. Senate has to throw out a Republican sponsored measure aimed to bypass the Obama administration officials objection to the Keystone XL pipeline's construction.
The measure is designed to beguile the American people that the Republicans are doing their damnedest to bring oil and gas prices down; and it is Obama, who is standing in their way.
The fact is that they cannot do anything about gas prices, as crude oil prices are fixed by Organizations like OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries). That is done on the world market, where speculators in places, such as Wall Street, add their greedy, markup profits to the price. Now adding surtaxes to that (price) make gas prices go up at the pump.
Many Americans are smart to know that, if anyone promises you that he or she can bring down gas prices, that person must be considered a liar.
Presently, Americans are suffering, dealing with high gas prices, and the only attraction for them will be having someone on their side, saying that the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will help.
Yet, if the project starts today, it will take at least five years before a single drip of oil comes out of the pipeline. Besides, the start of it (project) will not have the slightest effect on gas prices as they now stand. So, who is fooling whom?
Obama, on the other hand, has maintained all along that other renewable energy sources must be explored to make America to become energy independent. Such as solar, wind and natural gas.
They are capable of moving automobiles and factory machinery too. So, why must not Americans utilize them? They will save money and help the economy to grow and even get better still.
The opponents to the Republican sponsored bill say that, "the pipeline may leak, and that it will lock the United States into a particularly dirty form of crude that might ultimately end up being exported anyway." (CNN, 03/09/12).
Thus bringing the health of citizens into question, and how it must be safeguarded. It is therefore the responsibility of the Obama administration officials to make sure that serious environmental research is completed before the construction of the pipeline begins.
If not, future repercussions can be more damaging. The landscape has been permanently destroyed and water tables underground polluted. Why must Americans take that kind of risk?
The Republicans must therefore stop using the Keystone pipeline as a tool to bamboozle the American people. They have to allow more studies to be done on the project, before anyone can say, "Jack, where are you?"
By then it will be too late.