Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Keystone XL: Obama's "Big Lies"

Peter Foster's list:
... His first Big Lie was to suggest that Keystone XL was an export pipeline. 

He also lied by omission in failing to mention that it would also carry U.S. crude. 

He blandly declared that Keystone XL would not serve “the national interest of the United States.” ...

 ... He claimed that Keystone would be “neither be a silver bullet for the economy, as was promised by some, nor the express lane to climate disaster proclaimed by others.” But while there is no doubt that radical environmentalists such as James Hansen had claimed that approving Keystone XL would be “game over” for the planet, no supporter had ever suggested that it would be an economic panacea.

... Obama weaseled that “The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,” but then what is his idea of “meaningful?”  

... Obama’s claim that the pipeline would not contribute to energy security was his next whopper. The U.S. still imports more than 4 million barrels a day from countries apart from Canada. They are all human rights abusers. 

... Inevitably, he pulled out the “dirty” oil card, even though oil imported into the U.S. from Venezuela has a similar emissions profile.

... Obama then launched into fantasies about the success of virtuous “clean” investments

... before reaching the main reason for the pipeline’s rejection: it would have “undercut” America’s “global leadership,” which is to say his own political legacy.
... In sum, Justin Trudeau’s new government has just been thrown under the wheels of Obama’s mammoth self-regard, but all Justin can do is issue a press release declaring that he is “disappointed.”
 Obama, Liar-in-Chief.  But I doubt that Trudeau is very disappointed.  Nor is his Gerald Butts' new Environment Minister, Catherine ("#CanadaIsBack") McKenna.


Martin said...

On the subject of Big Lies, one of the biggest is that Canada-US relations will greatly improve now that Trudeau Jr is PM. This ignores the reality that the nadir of relations occurred under Liberal governments of Chretien or Paul Martin. With respect to Keystone, and many other binary issues, Obama is absolutely indifferent as who which party forms the Canadian government.
In their initial telephone conversation, Trudeau presented the exchange as a sort of quid pro quo. Can leaves the ISIS mission, US abandons Keystone. The problem is Obama's aides claim nothing substantive on foreign issues was even discussed. So before even taking office Trudeau and Obama appear to be at odds, or at least having very different priorities. Seems very similar to relations with the previous regime.

Anonymous said...

old white guy says.....America is not allowed to export her own oil but oil coming from Canada can be refined and sold on the world market from America. They buy it low and sell high. The pipeline could be considered an export pipeline because the oil can be exported, but the benefits to the US are huge.