Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Canadian Oil Coming To The US By Train

Since Socialist President Obama has refused to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built, connecting Canada with Houston, free market capitalism has found a way to get the oil there anyway.  Canadian Pacific Railways is transporting oil from Canada to the US gulf coast by rail.   In fact, since 2009, shipments have grown 2500% from 325,000 barrels of oil a year to 8.5 million barrels.   And, this number is expected to 45 million barrels a year in the next decade.

There are three problems with this short term solution.  First, it adds $5 to $10 a barrel to the cost of the oil.   Second, if environmentalism is important, trains run on diesel oil so this solution will contribute tons of pollution to the air each year; pretty dumb, isn't it.  And third, the chances of a train accident will increase greatly with additional frequency.  The Keystone XL Pipeline solves all of these problems as the most efficient and safest way to get Canadian oil to refineries in Houston.  You would think this would give Obama cover to defy his radical environmental supporters; but apparently not so.   Even Democrat President Bill Clinton supports building the Keystone XL Pipeline because it is just common sense. 

The good news is that this oil will be coming to the United States, rather than going to China.   The bad news is that it will be shipped inefficiently unless of course, we make Obama a one term President.   There is no doubt that any Republican President will approve building the Keystone XL Pipeline.   More important, any Republican President will implement a common sense long term Energy Plan designed to make our country energy independent.  It will be an all of the above plan, including more oil drilling, oil and gas shale, natural gas, clean coal, nuclear and green technologies.   There is no other way to get there. 

So while President Obama continues to chase wind mills and now is focused on algae as our energy sources, electing a Republican President in 2012 is the best way to finally make the United States energy independent.  It can be done within 20 years, which should be our goal, with a longer term goal in 50 years of bringing feasible renewables on line. 

Energy independence is the key to economic growth and job creation, as well as, important to our national security and standard of living.  President Obama and his Socialist pals, at all levels of government, do not get any of this, which is the reason they have to go in 2012 and 2014.   We must sweep these Socialists out of office to preserve our freedom, our nation and way of life for the sake of our children and grandchildren.   We can do it.  We must do it.   

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