When you say “I am not a scientist.”, stop right there. You have just admitted you have no credibility on the subject; we really don’t care what your opinions are.
You’re a member of Congress.
You are a Republican.
We know you don’t believe in facts.
Don’t waste oxygen and increase our carbon dioxide problems by continuing.
The primaary justification for the XL Pipeline is jobs. There are jobs to build the pipeline, then what?
What do the Canadians get?
What does the U.S. get?
Yes, the sand oil is coming out of the earth no matter what. Fine, let that be Canada’s problem. It is their gain; let them have the risk along with the profits.
Currently they get the profits and we get the risks.
What happens when the sands oil is no longer profitable? Will they still spend the money to properly maintain it?
Who pays if there is an accident?
So soon we forget the Gulf spill. Gulf shrimp now come with their own cooking oil.
So soon we forget the Exxon Valdez. Is that cleaned up yet?
Will there be federal regulation? Will the money to support regulation be forthcoming in the future? Not according to what we have seen under Republican administrations in the last six years.