Here are nine reasons President Obama is wrong when it comes to having denied the permit application on the Keystone XL Pipeline:
1. Simply building the southern part — which didn’t need Obama’s approval — has already created 4,000 construction jobs.
2. The pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, where U.S. refineries are already equipped to handle the heavier crude.
3. Many people across the U.S. live near a pipeline without even knowing about it.
4. After the State Department concluded that the pipeline was environmentally safe, the decision to build Keystone XL should’ve been a business decision – not a government one.
5. The Keystone XL Pipeline is a part of the larger Keystone Pipeline System.
6. After multiple environmental reviews concluding that Keystone XL poses minimal environmental risk to soil, wetlands, water resources, vegetation, fish, and wildlife, the Obama administration still rejected the permit application.
7. The State Department’s final environmental impact statement concludes that the Canadian oil is coming out of the ground whether Keystone XL is built or not, so the difference in greenhouse gas emissions is tiny.
8. Building and operating Keystone XL will result in real private-sector jobs that will grow the U.S. economy. This is much different from the president’s taxpayer-funded green jobs plan that merely siphons resources out of the market and forces pricier energy on the American public.
9. A CNN poll in the beginning of 2015 found that 57 percent of Americans support the project, while only 28 percent oppose it.
There’s a reason behind this refusal — and it’s a certain bet that it’s not about the ‘environment’ as the administration would like us to think.