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Letter: Jobs and increased national security are apparently second tier priorities

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Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:21 am

What if there were a project that would immediately create 13,000 US jobs directly and thousands more indirectly? What if there was a feasible opportunity to reduce America's dependence on Middle Eastern oil? What if this project had bipartisan support? It seems like a no brainer that such a project should be executed, doesn't it?

It so happens that there is such a project. It is called the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport Alberta's tar-sands to refineries in Texas. It would produce approximately 700,000 barrels of oil a day. That is 700,000 barrels of oil a day the United States does not have to purchase from the Middle East. Let me ask again, the project seems like a no brainer, doesn't it?

Apparently the answer is no. This week President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. Why you may ask? Because extreme environmental groups rallied against the project, which is viewed as a political risk to President Obama as he faces reelection.

However, it seems to me that job creation and our national security should take precedence over strong support of environmental groups during the President's reelection campaign. But that's just me.

Annie Ellerman


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