I read that the Republicans in the House defeated a bill that would enact a ban on Keystone XL Pipeline exports. They defeated another requiring firms receiving XL crude to make payments to the Oil Spill Liability Fund.
In the case of the former, all I’ve ever heard from the right is how America needs this oil to help solve our energy needs. Yet, they don’t want to ensure it comes into our market. Why? Because they know it is earmarked for foreign shores. I know, I know, it’s free enterprise, but you can’t spout that it will solve our energy needs as it is being loaded on a tanker to sail away.
In the case of the latter, requiring firms receiving the crude to pay into an environmental clean-up fund makes sense. Ask the people in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Mayflower, Ark., how the clean-up of the tar sand spills are progressing in their areas. Tar sands crude is the dirtiest and most difficult crude to clean up. It is not a question if a spill will occur, but when. The American taxpayer should not — but will — end up bearing the costs, while the multinational firms walk away with their profits.