Free the Keystone Pipeline!

Free the Keystone Pipeline!

Free the Keystone Pipeline!

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Jan. 30 2012 6:59 PM

Free the Keystone Pipeline!

THE VILLAGES, Fla. -- My latest piece explains why the Keystone XL pipeline has remained, and will remain, a go-to joy-buzzer applause-line for Republicans.

“Think about what would come of this,” Gingrich continues. “Here was an opportunity to have oil come from Canada through the United States, to the largest petrochemical complex in the world, in Houston. It would have provided jobs for the next 50 years, processing the oil, sending some of it to the ports overseas, so you'd got jobs for the ports, jobs for the refineries, jobs from building the pipeline. He canceled all that. Right now the Canadians are looking seriously at a partnership with China.”
From what I could gather, Gingrich’s audience knew about the Keystone XL pipeline before he started talking. They felt the same way he did.
“For Obama not to do it is a disgrace to this country,” said Bob Levens, a retiree with his shoulder in a sling—a necessity before surgery on some torn muscles. (Consolation prize: Rick Santorum had signed the sling.) “He is stopping the workforce and the energy that we need right now. I don’t know where his thinking is. He’s giving $1 billion to George Soros to start buying oil from South America, from Hugo Chavez.”

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David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.