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(My) Small Comment, but Please at Least Consider

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Chango2, Apr 15, 2012.

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  1. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    I really felt politics were played re. "that" pipeline. The following was sent to me by an engineering geologist friend; please correct me if the following is not authentic. I did not try to verify, just seemed empirical to me re. the sentiments therein.




    Valero Oil Company is a significant economic force in Texas , even in light of the other majors (Shell, Exxon Mobil, etc.) based in the state. This memo to employees is a realistic insight into the economic importance of the proposed XL pipeline.

    VALERO Oil memo to employees re. Keystone Pipeline

    Date: January 24, 2012

    To: Valero Employees

    From: Bill Klesse

    Subject: Keystone XL Pipeline Statement

    As you know, the Obama administration decided to deny TransCanada’s application to ship crude oil via the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast . Valero has planned to be a shipper and purchaser of that oil since 2008, and obviously we were disappointed in the decision. We issued a statement in response to questions from the media, and I wanted to share it with you in case you get questions from friends or business partners, and so that you would know why Valero supports the Keystone XL pipeline. This is the statement:

    Despite the uncertainty and political fighting over the Keystone XL pipeline, Valero has continued to invest in its U.S. refining operation. In 2011 we spent nearly $3 billion on projects, and for 2012 our capital expenditure budget is over $3 billion. These expenditures are keeping our employees on the job and putting additional people to work. To reference two of our refineries, at Port Arthur , Texas , we have 1,600 contractors working on an expansion project, and at St. Charles Parish, Louisiana , we have another 1,000 contractors working on a separate project. We need this kind of economic activity to accelerate to help all Americans.

    This illustrates why President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is so absurd. There are pipelines in every neighborhood all across America . The administration’s decision was not about pipelines, it was about the misguided beliefs that Canadian oil sands development should be stopped and that fossil fuel prices should increase to make alternative energy more attractive. Instead, we should be impressed with how well the oil sands engineering and recovery technology has advanced, and the economic benefits this development brings. Having more oil available in the marketplace has the potential to lower prices for consumers. As an independent refiner, Valero buys all of the oil we process. Due to the administrations misguided policies, refiners like Valero will have to buy more oil from other sources outside the U.S. and Canada . Consumers will bear the additional shipping cost, not to mention the additional greenhouse gas emissions and political risks.
    With all the issues facing our country, it is absolutely unbelievable that President Obama says no to a company like TransCanada that is willing to spend over $7 billion and put thousands of Americans to work on a pipeline. The administration’s decision throws dirt into the face of our closest ally and largest trading partner.

    The point above is that it is not about pipelines as many pipelines cross the Ogallala Aquifer, in the Great Plains region, and, in fact, there is already significant oil and gas production in the area covered by the aquifer. This is politics at its worst.

    Save our America , save our freedom and make sure Obama is a one termer.
    Thank you for your support.
  2. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    Obama is stopping the pipeline by preventing it from crossing the Canadian-US border. As president he can do this.

    He cannot stop development of the pipeline in individual states and in Canada. The work continues on them, waiting for his departure from office so the final piece, the border crossing, can be put into place.

    This is why Obama is trying to wrest control of natural gas from the states, so the feds can shut down the projects in these states.

    Further, it is ludicrous to claim that by stopping the pipeline that this will prevent the development of the shale sands. What will happen is if the Canadians cannot sell their natural gas here, they will sell it on the world market. China wants it.

    And now we come to the reason why His Highness wants to stop the pipeline. He is throwing a bone to the Chinese, putting their interests ahead of ours.
  3. no5shooter

    no5shooter Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    One more reason that miserable SOB has to be a one-termer, as Mr. Klesser put it. We gotta get rid of this Chicago huckster.
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