The Keystone XL Controversy Is Just Stupid
Political symbolism makes a mundane issue hotbutton
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 12, 2014 4:48 PM CDT
Activists protest the Keystone XL pipeline during a visit by President Barack Obama in Los Angeles, May 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – A bipartisan energy bill is expected to go down in flames in the Senate today, thanks to yet another confrontation over the Keystone XL pipeline, the AP reports. Which probably annoys Claire Casey at the Daily Beast. "No issue better captures the dysfunction of Washington than the trumped up debate over the Keystone XL pipeline," she writes today. There are loads of important environmental issues our leaders need to grapple with, "but Keystone XL isn't one of them."

The Keystone debate is entirely about symbolism. One top anti-Keystone activist even admitted as much last year, saying, "The goal is as much about organizing young people around a thing. But you have to have a thing." In reality, the pipeline will have no meaningful impact on US emissions—and the debate is drawing oxygen away from policies that might. The pipeline's supporters are exaggerating its benefits, too; it's hardly going to make the US energy-independent. In the end, Keystone has become a symbol not of climate change, but of "politics winning out over real leadership and facing the tough decisions over our energy and climate future." Click for Casey's full column.

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hondo66
May 19, 2014 9:04 PM CDT
The Keystone Pipeline is a symbol of the utter failure of the 'crats to address a simple issue. The moment B. O. is out of office, the pipeline construction will be approved, Even the unions and the Washington Post are backing it's construction. Since our part time President has never had a job in his life before stumbling into the White House, he really doesn't understand economics and job creation and all the boring stuff that goes against his '1960's' indoctrination and point of view.
NellieCA
May 18, 2014 8:25 PM CDT
Last year I read an article on the Keystone Pipeline. Our Tresaury Dept has already given China access to billions of barrels of oil and off shore oil in the Gulf. Canada has also made a deal with China on oil and off shore oil in Canada. My question is? who owns the company in Canada that is going to ship the oil? How much money has China invested in pipeling? Who is going to get the contracts to build the pipeline? material? Who will get the jobs? How will this help our country? Will the refugees and illegals get the jobs? Our government doesn't have a clue who the agencies are bringing into this country as refugees and asylum! We owe China so much money they are now building plants in the U.S.A "AMERICAN MADE". Our governement has allowed our jobs to go to foreign countries and we are not in debt to them. Obama keeps giving our jobs to foreign countries! google GM plants in China (13), Brazil (7). THEY ARE UNION!! 30 GM plants in foreign countries. I was in the store the other day looking for some can pineapple. The country was not listed, only were it was packed. I don't buy foreign food! CA gov is putting our farmers out of business and we have more Mexican and foreign produce in the markets. WHO IS GOING TO OWN OUR FOOD SUPPLY? How much money has China invested in Mexican farms? The get water from All American Canal for free.
$103909336
May 14, 2014 8:25 AM CDT
We need jobs and energy. Yet the left and the envirofascists won't allow any drilling, exploration, fracking or development of nuclear facilities. Instead, they tell us to rely on the sun, rely on the wind. Yeah, that's not going to work.