The United States neighbors two countries, and we like them both, but let’s face it: Whenever there’s a problem for our nation involving one of these borders, it’s almost never Canada’s. While our border with Mexico is constantly involved with issues like illegal immigration or drug shipments, it’s hard to remember the last such conflict with our northern neighbor.
That ought to count for something when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. Not only would the pipeline bring oil and jobs to our country – it would benefit Canada as well. Canadians have been patient in recent years as President Obama has refused to OK the northern leg of the pipeline crossing the U.S.-Canadian border, but their friendship shouldn’t be tested like this.
The president and Democrats in Congress who have been holding up this project should take note. The reality is Canada will sell its oil to someone, if we don’t buy it.
The environmental objections that have stalled the pipeline don’t hold up. The Canadian crude is comparable to other blends the U.S. is already importing (from Venezuela, for example) so it won’t dramatically increase air pollution when refined here. Pipelines are also the safest way to transport oil.
The political games that have held up this pipeline need to end. The pipeline is a win-win for Canada and the United States, and it needs to be operational as soon as possible.