It is not hard to see the Left’s tactics. Ignore the facts and repeat the same things until they become facts or people buy them, whichever comes first. Many in this country have not paid much attention in the past. Therefore this has been a very good strategy. As people pass by their TV’s they hear the same rhetoric, and it begins to sink in, and the next thing they know they are spouting it to their friends. Well, Obama is using this strategy with the XL Pipeline.
President Obama earned a double-barreled rebuke Monday from The Washington Post’s fact-checker, for repeating a faulty claim that the Keystone XL pipeline “bypasses” the U.S. — and for saying it would only carry “Canadian oil.”
The president made the claims in an interview last week with WDAY of Fargo, N.D. Obama continued to downplay the impact of the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, just days after vetoing a bipartisan-backed bill that would approve the construction project.
Obama wants to make it seem as though there is no good reason to approve the pipeline. We will not get to use much of the oil, and it will not produce many jobs.
“I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf. It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs. We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that’s something that we very much support.”
To this Kessler says
President Obama, seeking to explain his veto of a bill that would have leapfrogged the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, in an interview with a North Dakota station repeated some false claims that had previously earned him Pinocchios. Yet he managed to make his statement even more misleading than before, suggesting the pipeline would have no benefit for American producers at all.
Kessler points out
The crude oil would travel to the Gulf Coast, where it would be refined into products such as motor gasoline and diesel fuel (known as a distillate fuel in the trade). Current trends suggest that only about half of that refined product would be exported, and it could easily be lower.
A report released in February by IHS Energy, which consults for energy companies, concluded that “Canadian crude making its way to the USGC [Gulf Coast] will likely be refined there, and most of the refined products are likely to be consumed in the United States.” It added that “for Gulf refineries, heavy bitumen blends from the oil sands are an attractive substitute for declining offshore heavy crude supply from Latin America.” It concluded that 70 percent of the refined product would be consumed in the United States.
And as far as the pipeline only being used for Canadian oil, Kessler points out
. . . note that Obama said Keystone was just for Canadian oil, and “we should be focusing on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers.” But actually, Keystone would help U.S. oil producers in North Dakota and Montana. TransCanada, the builder of the pipeline, has signed contracts to move 65,000 barrels a day from the Bakken area –and hopes to build that to 100,000. That’s nearly 10 percent of the region’s production.
Again, we have to say that the president is a liar. He has proven that he is not mistaken as these reports were and are at his disposal. He has chosen to spout falsehood for denying Americas jobs this pipeline would bring.