Top Union Official on O’s Keystone XL Pipeline Delay: “It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics”

by William Yeatman on April 21, 2014

in Blog

The quote in the title comes from Laborers International Union of America president Terry O’Sullivan, a top union official, as reported today by The Washington Free Beacon’s Lachlan Markay.

Here’s more outrage from O’Sullivan over the President’s decision to (again) kick the Keystone can down the road:

“Once again, the administration is making a political calculation instead of doing what is right for the country. This certainly is no example of profiles in courage. It’s clear the administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach.”

Read the whole thing here.

In other Keystone XL news…

  • Remember last week, when a group of 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners sent a letter to the President asking him to “do the right thing” and “reject” the Keystone XL Pipeline? It turns out that one of the signatories is a 9/11 Truther. Read all about it at Big Green Radicals.
  • Larry O’Connor, over at The Washington Free Beacon’s Editors Blog, makes a great point about the allegedly dire direct environmental threats posed by the pipeline.

The U.S. portion of Keystone will consist of 1,078 miles of 30″ pipeline. Sounds like a major environmental issue, right? Not when compared to the already existing 2.3 million miles of pipeline already in the U.S. pumping petroleum, gas, and chemical products every day.

He provides maps to help make his case, which I’ve re-posted below. The first depicts the existing 30” pipeline infrastructure in the U.S.; the second depicts the projected route for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The images call into question the supposed direct environmental impacts posed by the project. Clearly, if the anti-Keystone hysteria were true, Americans everywhere would be inherently suspicious of all pipelines. Of course, that’s not the case.

Existing pipeline infrastructure

Existing pipeline infrastructure


Keystone XL Pipeline route

Keystone XL Pipeline route




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