With the near completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, the handwriting is on the wall.
They, the beauracracy, have won and the people have lost.
The concerns over politics, the economy and the environment are the same as the crude oil pipeline. Big business and special interest go all the way from the governorships to the presidency.
Big oil was the guise of the weapons of mass destruction involvement in the Far East.
At the expense of thousands lost in combat and untold trillions of U.S. tax dollars you must ask the same questions — where are all the jobs, the economic boon and energy independence? Has the price of gas gone down to pre-invasion levels? Where is the, or better yet, who is the beneficiary?
The legal challenges in Washington state have just begun, the verbal and physical challenges are useless, the decisions have already been made from the top down to the local municipalities.
Their moral cannon fodder is an alleged survey saying 61 percent of the people are in favor of big oil. It’s exactly the opposite. They lie. Joseph Goebells of the Nazi Propaganda Ministry would be proud, for he prophesized, “If you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it.”
I think the real problem is in the grandfather rule of eminent domain. The rail interests own the land that will transport the crude.
I think the only recourse is a referendum. Put it to a vote. Let the people or 61 percent decide. Even then I think the governor has executive privilege to veto the measure. The proof is in the pudding. The indicator will be the price of one gallon of gas. Watch and see if it goes below the current level of $3.89 on the Harbor and for how long. Temporary prosperity may lull you into apathy and by then it’ll be too late and over $4 per gallon (dare I say and rising?).