The GOP also argues that the Keystone XL would provide 5 percent of the current US petroleum consumption needs and replace 9% of US petroleum imports. That might sound good until you realize that Koch Industries would benefit from an ironic windfall if President Obama allows a permit to be granted for Keystone XL.
Obama’s political enemies, brothers Charles and David Koch, bankrolled the Tea Party movement.
Potential risks of the pipeline include the stripping of the Canadian boreal forest, the further carbon-loading of the atmosphere, and the threat to the Midwest’s water supplies. Last May an existing pipeline carrying toxic tar sands had to be shut down for repairs after springing two leaks in North Dakota and Kansas. As a result, Nebraska’s Republican Governor Dave Heineman has asked that the new pipeline be rerouted. He fears “a spill could pollute the Ogallala Aquifer, a crucial water source beneath the Great Plains.”
So, what is in the national interest? The payroll tax cut is, but the Keystone XL Pipeline is just another example of Big Oil’s contribution to Republican politics. Taken separately, the “national” part is less than 5-thousand jobs in six Republican States. The” interest” part is the largess that Koch Industries bestows on the Republican Party. The political aim is to divide President Obama’s labor supporters and his environmental supporters in an election year. The bet is that no one will notice that the Republican poker chip being played is phony.