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Pipeline? What Pipeline?

UPDATE 02/27: I don’t want to be the one to say I told ya so

WASHINGTON — The White House is throwing its support behind a decision by TransCanada to build a portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, even though the project will result in more oil going overseas and potentially higher gas prices.

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Remember that little pipeline that the President refused to permit last month? Guess who is building that very same pipeline on U.S. soil? It seems that somebody forgot to tell TransCanada that they need our permission.

But though the project exists in a state of suspended animation, TransCanada — the company that wants to connect the tar sands in Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico — is preparing to build anyhow.

They continue to move ahead just as if there never was a decision. Their action shows the utter disregard of business for the majority opinion of the American people. We have a foreign corporation building an illegal pipeline on American soil, and even threatening U.S. property owners with legal action under U.S. eminent domain laws if we don’t comply with the company’s demands.

TransCanada has sought to dissolve a restraining order granted a week ago, saying it is legally entitled to pursue eminent domain proceedings along the proposed pipeline route under existing state and federal laws—though it says it has no plans to begin any construction.

No plans? Then just why is the Canadian oil giant bullying landowners and threatening U.S. citizens with confiscation of their private property? Of course what this really shows is the complete and utter disregard that corporations have for people. When Obama rejected the permit, it was big news everywhere. Since then, nobody cares. We are back to worrying about what Brangilina wore to the Oscars. Meanwhile, TransCanada has unleashed a hoard of lobbyists into the halls of Washington to convince lawmakers that the entire American economy will crash if we don’t build the XL pipeline and mine every last drop of horrible tar sands oil.

The really, really depressing point to all this is that their lobbying will work. We will allow the pipeline to be built. We will acquiesce to the destruction of millions of acres of boreal forest, polluting of millions of cubic feet of water, Exxon, TransCanada and Keystone profits will skyrocket, Wall Street will love it and  you and I and Zamboanga will breath the result for the next 100 years. Business has a longer attention span than you and I. They can, and are, very focused on what they need to do to increase profits and they are more than willing to spend the necessary money. They think long term, we only pay attention from day to day and they know it.

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