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OPINION: Obama faces pipeline pressures

OPINION: Obama faces pipeline pressures

Photo Courtesy of Creative Commons, flickr.com/photos/art_es_anna. President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline.

By Brittney Rooney
Copy Editor 

 

It is that wonderful time that comes once every four years: the time when everyone grows a political opinion overnight and screams it from the rooftops.

 

Last week, President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline.

 

The Keystone Pipeline was a potential 1,700-mile pipeline that would have transferred the oil in Alberta to refineries near the Gulf Coast, costing seven billion dollars.

 

President Obama claims that the construction of this pipeline would increase domestic production, creating more jobs for Americans.

 

It will also decrease our dependency on Middle Eastern oil, which is something many people would like to see.

 

However, there were many who were excited that President Obama rejected the pipeline.

 

The pipeline would have had enormous environmental implications. Aquifers and grasslands would have been destroyed, impacting the thousands of people who depend on them.

 

Especially in a time when global climate change is a real threat, humans should not be doing anything else that could lead to an ecological disaster.

 

Not to mention, I believe the United States should be investing in renewable energy sources instead of nonrenewable ones. The United States currently has a 15 trillion dollar national debt. Increasing the debt for the Keystone Pipeline would solve a temporary problem now, that is, the scarcity of oil.

 

However, when the oil runs out or prices are so high that the United States can no longer use it to fuel the entire country, the government will have to develop new technologies for energy anyway. I think if we plan to increase that debt, it should be for decreasing its dependency on dirty energy instead of increasing it.

 

Therefore, on the surface, I was ecstatic that he rejected the pipeline. However, I think it was a reelection stunt.

 

Congress gave President Obama a very short, 60-day deadline, and Obama could have easily rejected it, making liberals happy and having a good excuse (that the plan could not be adequately reviewed in that short time) for those who criticized his decision.

 

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama mentioned, “I’m directing my administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power three million homes,” implying a commitment to renewable energy. Still, I predict that he will allow for the building of the Keystone Pipeline. He will simply put the decision off until after he is reelected.

 

I think if he is reelected, or if a Republican candidate wins the election, the pipeline will be approved in late 2012 or early 2013, which is not cool, Obama, not cool.

 

 Brittney Rooney is a copy editor. She can be reached at brooney@luc.edu.