Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Senators Boxer and Whitehouse Seek More Delays in Keystone Pipeline. Cancer Study Needed, They Say

Hat tip Hot Air

One would have thought that after the State Department issued a report saying the proposed Keystone Pipeline would not harm the environment and after they cleared the vetting and contract process, we could finally start on this common sense project that would provide thousands of jobs and supply us with oil from Canada instead of having to buy it from places like Saudi Arabia, right?

Think again. Senators Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, neither of whose state would be affected, are now calling for a study on the possibility that the pipeline might cause cancer!

In the interest of full disclosure, when I was working with DEA in Bangkok from 1975-1978, the US ambassador was Charles Whitehouse, Sheldon's father. I had a chance to meet him a couple of times briefly during official functions at the embassy. He was a fine gentleman. I would have thought he would have raised Sheldon better. As for Boxer, well, never mind.

1 comment:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

The rest of the country can kick this around as some kind of abstract "liberal" vs. "conservative" issue with the usual trite rhetoric all around, but it seems a lot of landowners in Nebraska are dead set against it. What about their private property rights? Should they be ridden over roughshod by the big bad federal government? Maybe they know something about how "safe" this pipeline will be that the rest of us don't. Maybe its BECAUSE we're not in an affected state that others can say there is no reason not to proceed.