Which is to say that Democrats will never, ever vote for the passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline! Why? “The environment!” But with the clean energy amendments the impact on the environment will theoretically be nil. “Doesn’t matter! The environment!”
Which is basically how any and all liberal arguments against anything goes. When you don’t have facts, just yell something that people are supposed to like.
“Do it for the KIDS!” “Save the Environment!” “Education!” “Veterans!” “Senior Citizens!”
Etc. Etc. Etc.
The Democrats have no reason to oppose Keystone XL… and yet they will continue to oppose it. That’s what they do.
Now, Chuck Schumer goes on CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer and pretends to oppose it because it isn’t a “jobs bill.” Who cares. Most bills that the Democrats passed over the last 8 years of legislatorial control have not been jobs bills. That didn’t stop them from doing it.
The Keystone XL Pipeline will create some jobs. The pipeline will help to continue driving down the price of oil and keep it down. The pipeline will positively impact the economy here in the USA and in Canada (our ally and friend). The Pipeline will help to build closer ties with our neighbors to the north – who desperately want this pipeline built. The pipeline will positively impact the pocketbooks of shareholders, employees and company leaders… which will positively impact everyone else.
It doesn’t matter that Keystone won’t create thousands of jobs for years to come… there are plenty of other benefits and far fewer drawbacks.
Schumer: Well, look, our Republican colleagues say that this is a jobs bill. But that’s really not true at all. By most estimates, it would create several thousand temporary construction jobs and only 35, 35 permanent jobs. Compare that to the number of jobs created in the economy last month, 300,000.
And so Democrats are dubious of this. But we’re going to introduce amendments to make it more of a jobs bill. We’re going to introduce an amendment to say that the steel used in the pipeline should be made in America, creating American jobs. We’re going to introduce an amendment that says that the oil that is used in the pipeline should be used in America. Imagine building pipeline that ships Canadian oil across America to be exported to other countries from Texas?
That makes no sense at all in terms of American working people’s interests. We’re going to say that the oil should stay here. And finally we’re going to introduce an amendment to add clean energy jobs. If you do things for wind and solar energy, you create tens of thousands of more jobs using clean energy.
Why create a very few jobs with the dirtiest of energy from tar sands, when you can create tens of thousands more clean jobs using wind and solar? And, you know, our Republican colleagues are doing what they always do. They’re appeasing the few special interests, in this case oil companies and pipeline companies, not really doing what’s good for the average American middle-class family in terms of creating jobs.
So, I think, Bob, in conclusion, we will have enough votes to sustain a presidential veto.
Schieffer: So, even if these amendments pass, you would still urge the president to veto this legislation?
Schumer: Well, yes. I don’t think — these amendments will make it better, but certainly not good enough at this point in time. And I think there will be enough Democratic votes to sustain the president’s veto.
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