Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Keystone Pipeline Update

The decision came down today from the White House to reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.  As anticipated, the ruling has already evoked criticism from Republicans who claim that Obama was acting purely in his own political interests.  But what do you expect from a man who championed the development of alternative energies and decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels during his campaign?   Although this decision creates an opportune moment for Republicans to accuse him of failing to create new jobs, Obama is merely preserving the ideals upon which he was elected.

Surely the creation of new jobs is crucial to economic recovery, but to what extent are we willing to go to achieve this?  Should we install an expansive new pipeline that could have serious environmental ramifications in order to decrease short term unemployment?  I suppose that the answer depends on your political priorities and whether or not you believe that the pipeline expansion would pose a serious threat to the Ogallala Aquifer.  Regardless, Obama has left the door open for an amended proposal, one  that would circumvent the area of concern.

In the days to come, expect this to become a principal talking point for Republican candidates, senators, and congressmen alike.  We all know how this will end if Obama loses the upcoming election: Republicans will "come to the rescue" and create thousands of new jobs by adopting the most current proposal.  The immediate political capital gained by Republicans, however, could pale in comparison to the adverse side affects that have the potential to create massive headaches for our country.  For now, candidates are chomping at the bit to weigh in.  What do you think?


TJE said...

Good subject for debate.

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