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Keystone XL Pipeline Delay a Political Move That Hurts Jobs, Economy, Energy Supply

By: Maj. Gen. Bill Hodgkins | Posted: May 7, 2014 3:55 AM
Bill Hodgkins

Maj. Gen. Bill Hodgkins

While most out-of-work people simply want the opportunity for a job, Washington seems to have turned a deaf ear to those pleas.

The Obama administration’s recent decision to indefinitely delay approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline reeks of politics, a lack of common sense, and misses a tremendous opportunity to provide thousands of jobs and help boost a sagging economy.

I was encouraged by the Florida Legislature’s resolution that encourages those in power in Washington to approve construction of the pipeline. Also encouraging is the bipartisan support this project seems to have, despite the president’s political games that delay a sorely needed project. At least some in Florida recognize that a more stable energy supply not only boosts the nation’s economy, but provides national security benefits.

As we have seen time and again, instability in other countries around the world – most recently between Russia and Ukraine – causes instability at home regarding energy supply and cost.

Russia’s willingness to use its supply of gas and oil to Ukraine and Western Europe as a political weapon, along with recent increasing tensions, have had the predictable effect of negatively impacting the global energy market and contributing to a growing hit on Americans’ wallets and pocketbooks at the pump.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, however, would be a major boost to the United States’ economy, not only from the estimated 1 million barrels of oil delivered daily from Canada to the United States, but also because of the tens of thousands of new jobs it would create.

With Florida’s hurricane season quickly approaching, the threat of gasoline shortages due to the interruption of imported oil supply lines remains a very real possibility, as history has taught us. Whether it is from bad weather or the instability of many oil exporting nations, interruption of our oil and gas supply is just bad business.

The KXL Pipeline requires a recommendation of approval by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to President Obama, who has conveniently delayed a decision on the pipeline indefinitely – or at least until midterm elections are over in November.

After five positive environmental impact reports from the U.S. State Department and years of studying the issue, a majority of Americans are eager to see White House approval and a start to construction of the pipeline.

There is a clear connection between energy security, energy independence and our national security. We all have seen the instability and violence in other countries throughout the world, and some of those countries are major suppliers of oil to the United States.

In contrast, Canada is a trusted ally, is close to home, and is a reliable trading partner. Canada will find a buyer for its oil. It makes sense that the United States should be that buyer.

Numerous new polls suggest that a majority of American voters of all political affiliations overwhelmingly support building the KXL, so there is no reason to delay this project.

We need to remind our elected representatives to Congress that this political gamesmanship by the Obama administration needs to end. It's past time for Secretary Kerry to recommend approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and for President Obama to give the go-ahead for construction.



Maj. Gen. Bill Hodgkins retired from the USAF in 2006 after 33 years of service. He was a former F-15 wing commander at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City and currently resides in Tallahassee.


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Frank
11:11PM MAY 7TH 2014
Clearly a spamming ad . . . . what am I bet that all 5 instances will be allowed to remain here . . . . .

Pathetic . . .
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Frank
4:59PM MAY 7TH 2014
Gee, interesting . . . . last year's pushing of fracking by the General seldom failed to mention he was part of Vets4Energy (i.e. not mentioned here) . . . . . guess that tie's usefulness must have disappeared as its direct connection with the American Petroleum Institute (API) became more widely known (i.e. Vets4Energy is an API campaign) . . . and its not like the general hasn't been clear in his support of opening up offshore drilling (wonder how he feels about nearshore drilling off the panhandle, or anywhere off Florida) . . . . .

We already know how he feels about fracking from comments last year --> "Hydraulic fracturing is the future of American energy" . . . . wonder how the residents in Oklahoma feel about that now after last year's USGS report on the correlation between the tenfold increase in small earthquakes and increased fracking activities . . . . and concerns now of even larger quakes in the area . . . . at least Ohio has confirmed this has happened and will now regulate fracking & wastewater disposal . . . . yes, fracking, our future (wonder how the general feels about climate change, 400ppm CO2, and that science consensus) . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Ann Smith
3:13PM MAY 7TH 2014
Please. Don't insult the American people. Your avarice is transparent. It is this kind of short-minded greed that is killing this country. The only ones that will benefit economically from this boondoggle are the 1%, as the Ogallala Aquifer, farmers, and this out-dated technology destroy our beautiful country and spur on climate change through massive carbon dioxide and water vapor additions. The reason northern European countries are 25-50 years ahead of us with green technology (which creates millions of jobs by the way) is because they know fossil fuels are ephemeral and contribute significantly to climate change. We have the largest wind farms in the world, right here, in this country (CA,TX). Do not fall for this stagnant thinking when we have the solutions that are much cleaner at our disposal.
those aggressive-compassionate conservatives
8:01AM MAY 7TH 2014
Remember when Barack Obama caught so much flack over bowing to that Saudi Prince? (the one who reportedly paid $20 Million to Harvard for Obama's fake Degree!) And, the same prince that George W. Bush kissed right square in the mouth and except for the pictures that surfaced on the internet (thanks to Al Gore) nothing was ever said about that kiss!

Anyone in their right mind has got to realize first that the Bushes and Obama is in the same "clique" (NWO) maybe "Dubya" was kissing the Prince to thank him for paying for his friend the future president's Harvard Degree, who knows?

But, what everyone with active gray matter knows for sure - if George Bush and Barack Obama are that close to the Saudi Prince they and their minions in the "gubermint" ain't going to allow no Canadian Oil pipeline to come into the good old USA. We going to continue to use that Saudi Oil and Why are we buying oil from Saudi Arabia when we should have taken control of the Iraq oil fields as the spoils of war! Or did "Dubya" and his Haliburton friends give them to their other friends?
Mary
7:20AM MAY 7TH 2014
Another fine example of how badly our country is being run. Politicians are making decisions based upon their own agendas and not for the right reasons, being what is best for America.

God I hate politicians!!!
Frank
4:58PM MAY 7TH 2014
But apparently you're just guillible enough to love any special interest spin . . . .

Pathetic . . .

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