The immediate consequence if the pipeline is not built? They are two. First, oil from Canada will not travel south into the United States, it will travel west for ultimate sale to China. Second, there will not be the thousands of jobs, many of them union jobs, to build and maintain the pipeline.
One related consequence of the first is that we’ll wind up buying more oil from unfriendly states such as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. So much for energy security…
Congressional Republicans are not going to let this go quietly. According to The Hill they will keep the issue very much alive:
House and Senate Republicans have signaled in recent days that they will push new legislation to win approval if the White House rejects a permit.
Just terrific. A project whose environmental impact had been studied for three years, and found acceptable by the State Department in consultation with the EPA, isn’t green enough for radical enviros.
We’ll see how this decision sits with private sector union members whose brothers have just been denied union jobs by latte-sipping green fanatics.
But wait, it gets better. One radical enviro, Bill McKibben, tells us that he’s relieved:
“Assuming that what we’re hearing is true, this isn’t just the right call, it’s the brave call. The knock on Barack Obama from many quarters has been that he’s too conciliatory…”
Got that? Obama is not only “brave” but he’s been “too conciliatory.”
I’ll have some of what McKibben is drinking or smoking. Must be great to be that shielded from reality.