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  • Former Obama 'Car Czar': President Should Approve Keystone Pipeline

    “We need the energy, we need the jobs, and it can be done in a safe way.”

    That was former Obama administration official Steve Rattner’s take on the would-be windfalls of the Keystone XL pipeline. “My instinct is [Obama] should approve it,” Rattner told a panel on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday.

    Rattner was the administration’s “Car Czar,” appointed to oversee the bailout of General Motors and the ensuing restructuring agreement.

    Jobs, energy, and safety are all laudatory goals, and Keystone meets all three, as Heritage’s Nick Loris has pointed out.

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    4 Responses to Former Obama 'Car Czar': President Should Approve Keystone Pipeline

    1. Bobbie says:

      simple and well put. but the president is more in tune to himself and political points, so the hindering continues as the control within government collapses the economy.

    2. Steven A. Sylwester says:

      The First Rule is: Don't be stupid.

      Though everyone else does not care one little bit about the Ogallala Aquifer (or even know what it is), the Good People of Nebraska care about it a whole lot, as do the thinking Good People of South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. Most of those Good People get their drinking water from the Ogallala Aquifer, and it is safe to say that almost all of the people in Nebraska and Kansas are among those Good People.

      The proposed Keystone XL pipeline runs directly above the Ogallala Aquifer throughout much of its path through the Midwest states, and that is simply unacceptable. It is an untenable thought. It is reckless. It is beyond foolish — beyond outright stupid. It is damnable. It is the very face of Evil for those Good People of those Midwest states who know all about Good and Evil in their religious beliefs.

      One oops, one accident, one unfortunate mistake, one tornado, one lightning strike, one teenage prank gone wrong, one intentional terrorist attack at any point along the stretch of pipeline over the Ogallala Aquifer and the whole aquifer could be poisoned. What then? Where should all of those Good People get their drinking water for all time thereafter?

      Get Real: If Midwest farmers are against the Keystone XL pipeline (those farmers being people who are probably the most patriotic citizens in all of America), then the Keystone XL pipeline is a very bad idea — an idea that should be completely abandoned. If no one else knows how precious fresh water is, I assure you Midwest farmers know. Everyone of those farmers has prayed for rain on their knees, and not as a joke.

      I spent my childhood growing up in Seward, Nebraska, from the summer of 1959 to the summer of 1968, until my family moved to Eugene, Oregon. I lived in Nebraska from kindergarten through eighth grade, so I spent those years playing hard outside in the hot of summer and the cold of winter, and I drank a lot of water. The water I drank during those childhood years 50 years ago was the most delicious water on Earth. Since then, sad to say, that once delicious water has become spoiled by agricultural fertilizers that have seeped down into the groundwater that feeds the wells from which the local drinking water comes. Pregnant women are now strongly advised to not drink the tap water, even if they put it through a filtration system first. Imagine. That once delicious water now has an unpleasant taste.

      The tap water I have now in Eugene, Oregon, is probably the very best tap water in the whole United States, but I still put it through a filtration before I drink it in my own home, even though it tastes fine coming out of the local drinking fountains. I am blessed. Many (perhaps most) people in America do not share with me in that same blessing. What can be done about this?

      I have proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees protection of America's drinking water. My proposed amendment can be read at: http://steven-a-sylwester.blogspot.com/2012/01/wa

      If you do not know about the Ogallala Aquifer, educate yourself at the following links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogallala_Aquifer http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/aquiferhttp://www.meteor.iastate.edu/gccourse/issues/soc

      Steven A. Sylwester

      • Bobbie says:

        thank you, but if that were true we'd of heard about it from more than just you, activists and sheep! and no offense but you can put anything on paper to make it look like you can depend on government to keep you safe and protected from all harm but when the government wants the population controlled is the time your piece of paper won't matter. like ever!

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