What is the long term benefit of the pipeline other than those 50 jobs? What is the long term cost?
I personally think Keystone is a dumb thing to fall on your sword over for environmentalist. That stuff is going to be refined and sold. At the same time, acting like Keystone is some "jobs bill" by Republicans is just crap. It's Congress basically using imminent domain for big oil. Congrats, you have now supported a bill to take large amounts of private property from people for 50 permanent jobs.
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I don't support it for the jobs, I support it for the fuelI personally think Keystone is a dumb thing to fall on your sword over for environmentalist. That stuff is going to be refined and sold. At the same time, acting like Keystone is some "jobs bill" by Republicans is just crap. It's Congress basically using imminent domain for big oil. Congrats, you have now supported a bill to take large amounts of private property from people for 50 permanent jobs.
Report: Exporting Energy Security: Keystone XL Exposed - Oil Change InternationalOil Change InternationalKeystone XL is an export pipeline. The Port Arthur, Texas, refiners at the end of its route are focused on expanding exports to Europe, and Latin America. Much of the fuel refined from the pipeline’s heavy crude oil will never reach U.S. drivers’ tanks.
•Valero, the key customer for crude oil from Keystone XL, has explicitly detailed an export strategy to its investors. Because Valero’s Port Arthur refinery is in a Foreign Trade Zone, the company can carry out its strategy tax-free.
•In a shrinking U.S. market, Keystone XL is not needed. Since the project was announced, the oil industry acknowledges that higher fuel economy standards and slow economic growth mean declining U.S. oil demand, even as domestic production is booming. Oil from Keystone XL will therefore displace American crude from new, “unconventional” domestic fields in Texas or North Dakota.
“To issue a presidential permit for the Keystone XL, the Administration must find that the pipeline serves the national interest,” said Stephen Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International. “An honest assessment shows that rather than serving U.S. interests, Keystone XL serves only the interests of tar sands producers and shippers, and a few Gulf Coast refiners aiming to export the oil.”
What charges are you bringing up? "The Senate didnt pass Keystone"? Thats not illegal, thats called the legislative process. Just cuz you didnt get enough votes based on Senate rules is not an impeachable offense.and only need to pick up 8 Dem votes to convict in the Senate,
Which is not a impeachable offensewhich is ridiculously easy in this case since Dems like Landrieu, etc. are all under the same orders from the API to pass Keystone.
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I was just pointing out that pols like mcconnell, cruz, etc. are under direct orders from the API to pass the bill at any cost, and the API could remove them from Congress for failing to do their job. So it makes sense that the GOP pols in Congress would do everything they could to pass the bill, up to and including impeachment followed by conviction.
And the GOP has the votes to impeach in the House, and only needs a pick up of 8 Dems in the Senate who are also under API orders. Should be a cinch.
Qualifications for an "impeachable offense" are irrelevant in the US. Lobbyist orders, not Constitutional considerations, determine impeachment.