Obama is so predictable, it's almost laughable. Pandering to the tree-huggers and putting off a needed project indefinitely so it can be "studied" to death (and he doesn't have to deal with it at all if he fails to win a second term). Did we really expect any different?
This is getting really, really old. I have little enthusiasm for the candidates representing my own party in the pre-election festivities, but if we keep the current regime, I fear we will wind up with a nice clean environment and about 300 million Americans who are too poor to benefit from it. If I were 30 years younger and had many more working years ahead of me in which I could build savings to protect myself in old age, I might feel differently about all this. Maybe I'd be less "selfish" (a charge that has been leveled against me by some eco-warriors), and think about the world I'm leaving my grandchildren. But I'm getting older FAST and having got started too late in life, I have no such protection.......and the prospect of being elderly in a world where fuel, electricity, food, and other necessities are out of my reach just about frightens me to death.
EVERYTHING costs much more than it did when Obama took office. Gas is almost $2 a gallon more than it was three years ago; food items that cost around $5.99 a year ago are running about $9.50 now. I know it's not all
his fault, but his policies certainly don't help. We are still dependent on Middle Eastern oil, and Heaven knows when some sheik so much as sneezes
over there, the price of a barrel of crude jumps $10. We have our own oil and the ability to get at it, but the Sierra Club types don't want us going after it because apparently it's more important to preserve wildlife than human
life. They also fail to even acknowledge the fact that even if a cheap, reliable, renewable energy source were to be ready for mass production tomorrow, we are going to need oil---and coal---for many years.
But whether they like it or not, the fact is the world still runs on these fuel sources, and there are no alternatives yet that are both available and affordable for the average Joe or Jane. Even carpooling and public transportation, which is a joke in most non-urban parts of the country, don't provide long-term solutions to dependence on oil, whether foreign or domestic. (And NO, this 53-year-old body isn't going to ride a bike 25 miles---one way---to work, in rain and wind and snow, five days a week for fifty weeks out of the year.) I'm all for developing alternative energy sources, but solar and wind are less than dependable, and electric cars are both prohibitively expensive and unrelieable, and some even have this unfortunate tendency to catch fire.
Bottom line: The pipeline needs to happen. Now, IF it is ever built, doubtless some wag will cite a "study" (here we go again) that shows people who live in the area are getting cancer. OK. According to that theory, if we don't build it, they won't get cancer, but what do you suppose happens to people who don't have jobs and can't afford food??
Sorry for the long rant. I'm just sick of the hypocrisy from the side of the political spectrum that claims to be all about the "99%"---whatever that means---but then congratulates itself on making policies that negatively impact the middle- and lower-income folks they say they want to help. Phooey.