It’s time for a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking, into the future –The Steve Miller Band.

Sorry to say it Steve, but you are guilty of linguistic redundancy. Time can’t go backward, nor stand still, therefore it is the future.

There are no choices. Redundancy, of course, can be defined as unnecessary repetition of the same thing in different words, for example, ‘free gift,’ ‘true fact.’

An even better example would be the Final (and we mean it this time, really we do!) Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL Pipeline issued by the State Department on Friday, January 31, 2014.

It is interesting to note that President Obama was in full control on the timing of the release, which was three days after his anemic State of the Union speech; and after the stock markets had closed on Friday.

My summary of the report would be, “Good to go. Hold your breath and cross your fingers if you don’t Mr. President.”

The EIS is redundant. It is the same thing as previous XL impact statements only in different words.

How much more time does he need, or is this best of seven?

One item in the EIS data caught my eye, and it must have caught the breath of Obama and the non-elected, (but fully financed environmental radicals who as you know I refer to and always will as the mis-guided Ewacks) – here it is:

The EIS says, and I paraphrase; if the XL were not to be built, transportation of oil sands crude by rail would escalate and result in 49 additional injuries and six fatalities compared to one additional injury and no deaths for the proposed pipeline.

That should get the Ewacks running for their green security blankets or the financial security of their mysterious backers and their banks.

The EIS now goes to eight government agencies to determine if the XL fits the criterion, “in the national interest.”

Are you kidding me?

Some people of the nation have passed away and some weren’t even born when TransCanada first made its proposal. It took six years (1863 to 1869) to build the transcontinental railroad. It has taken President Obama five years to decide nothing, let alone allow anything to be built. This is becoming a case of terminal political incontinence.

Science once again says it’s a ‘go,’ and the only thing that can stop it once again is politics in the persons of Secretary of State, John Kerry, the newly appointed counsel to the president, the anti XLer, John Podesta, the presidential lap dogs in the EPA, the Ewacks, and of course the president himself.

There is no time limitation on an Obamian decision.

The longer the delay, the more crude-carrying tank cars will roll through the Rockwellist landscapes of voterland, USA – 9,500 tank cars crossed the nation full of crude in 2008. This jumped to 400,000 in 2013.

Sleep on this oh ye decision makers: More crude was spilled in 2013 (1,150,000 gallons) than in the previous 37 years combined.

“Now arriving on track five – the North Dakota Express carrying 63,000 barrels of very light Bakken crude. No smoking please. Stand well back of the yellow line. Mind the gap! Cross your fingers and hold your breath.”

Steve had part of it right – Time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking… a time bomb.

~The Grouch

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Roger McKnight is the Chief Petroleum Analyst with En-Pro International Inc.
Roger has over 25 years experience in the oil industry, and has held senior marketing management positions responsible for national and international accounts. He is the originator of the card lock concept of marketing on-road diesel that is now the predominant purchase method of diesel in Canada. Roger's knowledge of the oil industry in North America, and pricing structures has resulted in his expertise being sought as a commentator by local, national, and international media. Roger is a regular guest on radio and television programs, and he is quoted regularly in newspapers and magazines across Canada.

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