Former Anchorage Mayor George Weurch is heading up a drive to get Alaskans, especially veterans, to support Obama administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport Canada’s heavy tar sands oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
As chairman of Vets4Engergy, Wuerch is asking veterans to get their comments in by March 6 (Thursday). He is asking they sign a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry at this website. It is, he says, important.
Despite a shot-out economy and a hunger for affordable energy, despite being supported by a majority of Americans, the $7 billion Keystone XL Pipeline is still on hold by the Obama administration as sop for environmentalists and the climate-change crowd, who worry that producing the heavy Canadian oil causes greenhouse gases.
The proposed 1,660-mile line would move oil from Alberta’s Athabasca Oil Sands to Port Arthur and Houston, Texas. Its construction means investment and tens of thousands of jobs. We need it.
This is an oil-fired nation, and will be for decades to come. We need oil. We need jobs. We need an economic boost – and what nation could be a better, safer energy partner than Canada?
The bad news for the United States is that if we continue dallying on the line, Canada is not about to give up its tar sands. It simply will send the oil by train to refineries or to ports and then likely to China, of all places, by vessel, the most dangerious way to move that much oil.
Daniel Yergin, one of the world’s foremost energy experts, said in a recent Boston Globe article: “The Canadians, if they don’t ship it through Keystone, it’s going to come by rail. The big winner from not building Keystone is Venezuela, because their heavy oil has the same carbon footprint as the oil sands. [So] Venezuela or Canada, take your pick. Who is your favorite country and who is your neighbor?”
The fight for the pipeline has been long and tough. Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. in 2008 proposed the Keystone XL pipeline extension to increase its Keystone pipeline capacity to 1.1 million barrels a day. TransCanada’s Keystone line now carries crude from Canada to Cushing, Okla., America’s oil tank farm, and Midwest refineries.
The lack of approval for Keystone XL only underscores the Obama administration’s lack of a coherent national energy policy.
Wuerch’s effort is right on target.
Help him out.