William Katz:  Urgent Agenda






OH PLEASE – AT 9:37 A.M. ET:  There are a lot of noble-sounding organizations in America that, scratch them down deep, are more political than substantive.  The American Library Association, for example, was taken over years ago by a militant pro-Castro faction, but still projects the image of the neighborhood librarian with granny glasses helping little Buffie to find the right book.  (And there are plenty of great librarians.)

So now we have a nurses organization opposing...the Keystone Pipeline.  I wonder how much original research went into this.  From The Washington Times:

The pressure on President Obama and newly minted Secretary of State John F. Kerry to reject the Keystone XL pipeline grows stronger each day, and this week saw the nation’s leading nurses union jump into the debate.
National Nurses United cited “serious adverse health concerns” as its chief reason for coming out against the massive project, which continues to be held up by the Obama administration.

“Nurses care for patients every day who struggle with health crises aggravated by environmental pollution in its many forms,” union co-president Deborah Burger said in a statement this week. “As a society, we need to reduce the effects of environmental factors, including climate change, that are making people sick, and endangering the future for our children. That’s why we oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.”

The organization is among the latest to urge the White House and State Department — which must sign off on the project because it crosses an international boundary — to reject the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline, which would transport Canadian oil sands through the U.S. to Gulf Coast refineries.

Come on.  We have tens of thousands of miles of pipeline in the U.S., and the world hasn't come to an end.  I get the feeling that this is pure trendiness.  I love nurses, but I wonder who controls this organization.  Their website indicates that they're a union.  Fine with me.  But what do they know about the effect of pipelines? 

But supporters of the project, including a growing bipartisan coalition in Congress, point to the economic and energy benefits the pipeline would provide. They also dispute the supposed environmental catastrophe that awaits if the project moves forward.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman recently signed off on the proposal after an extensive review and a change in the pipeline’s route to avoid the most sensitive areas of the state. Other states along the path have conducted similar reviews and are confident Keystone can safely be built and operated.

With the Republican governor’s approval, the pipeline has gotten the green light from every state along the route and now needs only approval from the Obama administration, which reportedly will not make a decision until June, at the earliest.

COMMENT:  Yup.  Please note that every state along the route has approved Keystone.  What logical reason could the Obamans find to turn it down?  Hmm.  I think we know.  This is a left-wing administration beholden to left-wing groups, and the new secretary of state fancies himself a committed environmentalist.  If the pipeline gets turned down, it will be a major blow to America's energy future, as well as to U.S.-Canada relations. 

February 7, 2013