The Obama administration has punted again in extending indefinitely how much time the feds have to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The conveyer pipes that would connect Canada with the Gulf of Mexico coast in the United States and score a touchdown for our future prosperity has become a big partisan political issue.
Now it is believed the issue has been prolonged by the recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allows the pipeline’s path to cross the state, which leaves in doubt if it will happen. And the Nebraska Supreme Court is not expected to rule for several months on the judge’s decision and there could be more legal haggling after that.
So it appears that the conclusion is President Barack Obama will not be able to make a final call on the pipeline until the election in November. So even if that pipeline is a benefit to the economy and not a danger to our well-being, politics will step in the way of its being a positive development in the future of our country’s prosperity.
It is a shame if our country’s politics denies a means of getting some of the energy resources we need and the opportunity to build our nation’s workforce to suit our needs in producing those resources. There seems to be a lot of politics floating about that is very one-sided.
It’s time for Democrats and Republicans to recognize a need to serve the country first and, if necessary, their party second. The pipeline reportedly could be a great benefit to the world that can use the energy resources it needs that can be provided safely by this project.
But as we have seen in this merry-go-round between the two parties and the partisanship that exists in our nation’s capitol, we are not a united nation in which citizens are joining each other in seeking the best for our future. And that needs to improve.
Our two parties should get together and decide what is best for the country, not for their party’s strength, and then decide how to do it in a nonpartisan way. And the voting public can settle any differences that emerge.