Shelving the job-creating Keystone XL Pipeline:


By —— Bio and Archives November 14, 2011

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imageRush Limbaugh was right on the money when he said on his show today that 
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was “anything but subtle”  when he took a hardline on President Barack Obama’s delay of the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline that would bring in more than 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf coast.

“Reuters is calling his (Harper’s) remarks subtle,” Limbaugh said.  “He’s not subtle.  He knows the Pipeline will never happen with Obama in office.”

Though it’s bound to send radical environmentalists into another one of their loud tizzies, Harper managed to throw the spotlight on Obama’s job-killing style at the 2011 APEC Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday.

The project will now be delayed for over a year, beyond the Nov. 2, 2012 election, and so Canada must look elsewhere on the market, Harper said.

“This highlights why Canada must increase its efforts to ensure it can supply its energy outside the United States and into Asia in particular,” he told reporters.

“According to the White House account of the meeting, Obama said he supported the decision to delay TransCanada’s Keystone XL project “to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.” (The Canadian Press, Nov. 13, 2011).

“While the two leaders took a chummy walk along a palm tree lined path at the resort hosting the summit, Harper had strong language for the president over the U.S. State Department’s decision to order the Keystone XL pipeline rerouted and subject to further environmental assessment.”

While other Western leaders kowtow to Obama, who comes on as the uncrowned ‘King of the World’ at leader attended summits, Harper, a lone wolf, stands up to him.

During high unemployment in the USA in a world-wide recession, the Keystone XL pipeline would start with some 20,000 jobs with another 400,000 to come on steam later down the road.

Canada, who supplies more oil to the US than any other country, also its largest trading partner is proof positive that America does not have to rely on the Middle East for its oil.

All many Americans ever got to know about the now-delayed-until-after-election pipeline is the Occupy Wall Street endorsing Hollywood stars screaming chants outside the White House in order to bring it to a standstill.  Ditto for Canadians.

The 2,700-kilometre pipeline would bring crude from the new oilsands expansions in northern Alberta to be turned into gasoline and other fuels in Texas, the hub of the American refining industry.

Not likely to give up, Harper will visit Obama again in December and the pipeline will be prominent on the chat table.

Meanwhile in his straight-shooting Canadian style, Harper cut through the election-year hype and showed Barack Obama for what he really is: a job-killing president.


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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.

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